I have created custom grid in Admin panel to display a question/answers..

For Columns, I am displaying the question id instead of the question text.

And answers are shown in row for each customer.

I want to show a tooltip(question text), when admin hovers on the column (i.e. question id).

Has anyone achieved this before? If so, could you please point me in right direction?

Thank in advance

  • Do you mean hover on columns or hover on rows? – oleksii.svarychevskyi Jan 29 '14 at 13:46
  • Hover on columns – Rakesh Shewale Jan 29 '14 at 13:49
  • Tooltip should appear when you hover above column header or all column space? – oleksii.svarychevskyi Jan 29 '14 at 13:51
  • It shows "asc" for all columns.. Can I change it to display question text? – Rakesh Shewale Jan 29 '14 at 14:03

It is not easy to do in correct way. Magento has no native functionality to change colums title. But you can override


For example in grid class you can

    $column = $this->addColumn(
            'header' => Mage::helper('yourmodule')
            'width'  => '50px',
            'index'  => 'id'

And rewrite block Mage_Adminhtml_Block_Widget_Grid_Column with your block and method renderHeader() like this

public function renderHeader()
    if (false !== $this->getColumn()->getGrid()->getSortable() && false !== $this->getColumn()->getSortable()) {
        $className = 'not-sort';
        $dir = strtolower($this->getColumn()->getDir());
        $nDir= ($dir=='asc') ? 'desc' : 'asc';
        if ($this->getColumn()->getDir()) {
            $className = 'sort-arrow-' . $dir;
        $out = '<a href="#" name="' . $this->getColumn()->getId() . '" title="' . $this->getColumn()->getTitle()
               . '" class="' . $className . '"><span class="sort-title">'
               . $this->getColumn()->getHeader().'</span></a>';
    } else {
        $out = $this->getColumn()->getHeader();
    return $out;

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