Holy cow, I wrote a book!
A customer wanted a complete list of all
notifications balloon tips in Windows.
There is no such list.
Each component is responsible for its own balloon tips
and is not required to submit their list of balloon tips
to any central authority for cataloging.
In order to create such a list,
somebody would have to go contact every component team and ask them
for a list of all their balloon tips,
and that component team would probably undertake a search of their
code base looking for balloon tips.
And figuring out the text of each balloon tip can be tricky since
the text may be built dynamically.
(And the customer didn't ask for an explanation of the conditions
under which each balloon tip may appear,
but that's probably going to be their follow-up question.)
It's like publishing instructions on how to display a message on
the message board,
and then somebody asking the message board manufacturer,
"Please send me a list of all messages that might appear on the
The message board manufacturer doesn't know how its customers
are using the message board.
They would have to go survey their customers and ask each one
to build an inventory of every message that could potentially
In other words, this customer was asking for a
research project to be spun up to answer their question.
I suspected that this was a case of the
applied to custom support questions,
and I asked what the customer intended to do with this information.
It turns out that they didn't even want this list
of balloon tips.
They just had a couple of balloon tips they were interested in,
and they wanted to know if there were settings to disable them.
But even though that was their stated goal, they still reiterated
their request for a list of balloon tips.
The customer liaison asked,
"Is there a possibility is getting a list of balloon tips generated
by Windows itself?
Even a partial list would be helpful.
Can we help with this?"
What the customer liaison can do is contact each Windows component
team and ask them,
"Can you give me a list of the balloon tips your component generates?
Even a partial list would be helpful."
I wished him luck.
The customer liaison replied,
"I passed this information to the customer and will follow up if
they have any further questions."
No follow-up ever appeared.