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I want to know if there is a way to use Wordpress Adminitration Tooltips (de gray and blue ones) that are shown one you update your worpdress (3.x). Showing the new features.


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here is the simplest implementation I know of since there is no real API:

//add the needed scripts and styles
add_action('admin_enqueue_scripts', 'wpse_46028_enqueue_admin_scripts');
function wpse_46028_enqueue_admin_scripts() {
    //hook the pointer 
    add_action('admin_print_footer_scripts', 'wpse_46028_print_footer_scripts' );
function wpse_46028_print_footer_scripts() {
    $pointer_content = '<h3>WordPress Answers</h3>';
    $pointer_content .= '<p>This is your pointer content</p>';
   <script type="text/javascript">
   jQuery(document).ready( function($) {
    //jQuery selector to point to 
        content: '<?php echo $pointer_content; ?>',
        position: 'top',
        close: function() {
            // This function is fired when you click the close button
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There is always a way, as shown by some plugins utilizing these pointers, but they are currently meant as an internal core feature and thus have no real API for use.

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