Visualforce Help Text and a Popup Tool Tip

21 Oct

Visualforce Field Help Text

The help icon can be added to a Visualforce field within an apex:pageBlockSectionItem. Access the help text using the $ObjectType api. Put it in the helptext attribute of the apex:pageBlockSectionItem.



Easy Hover Tooltip

The following may help if you are not using the apex:pageBlockSectionItem. I’ve used this technique in the past to put help text on an image in a apex:pageBlockTable and on plain text in a page.


Hover Over Me
your message here

  div.tooltip {
    width: 195px;
    float: left;
  div.tooltip:hover {
    background: #ffffff;
    text-decoration: none;
  } /*BG color is a must for IE6*/
  div.tooltip span {
    display: none;
    padding: 2px 3px;
    margin-left: 8px;
    width: 195px;
  div.tooltip:hover span {
    display: inline;
    position: absolute;
    border: 1px solid #cccccc;
    background: #FFC;;
    color: #000000;
Hover Over Me your message here

Thanks to for providing an easy way to add tooltip help. He does it by putting the style on the link tag instead of the div.

March 16, 2014: Here is another tutorial that explains how to do a popup tool tip. Tutsplus – Tooltip

One Reply to “Visualforce Help Text and a Popup Tool Tip”

  1. Dave — so helpful ; I’ve been consulting VF Developer Docs for years and never noticed the helpText attribute of pageBlockSectionItem.. Thanks for this blog.

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