Does anyone know where I can set the delay/time how long does the fade out effect in Xcode 7.1.1 on OS X 10.11.1 need to hide the displayed tooltip?

When I search for the term defaults find tooltip, I only get WebKitShowsToolTipOverTruncatedText and WebKit2ShowsToolTipOverTruncatedText from com.apple.iTunes and com.apple.appstore.

With defaults find delay I get more results, but nothing about I looking for.

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You can set it up via Apple Terminal. For example:

defaults write com.apple.dt.Xcode NSInitialToolTipDelay -int 5000

The value of delay is measured in milliseconds. So 5000 ms == 5 sec.

To find changed NextStep ToolTipDelay values in definite domains use:

defaults find NSInitialToolTipDelay 
  • not working for me in Xcode 11. Is there a way to disable the tooltips completely? They are stupid and provide no information at all.
    – Duck
    Commented Apr 5, 2020 at 12:41
  • NSInitialToolTipDelay is the time to appear. The OP is asking for the time to disappear.
    – Jeff
    Commented Jul 17, 2020 at 8:39

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