How to change the scrollbar width size in Windows 8.1

In Windows 8, Microsoft surprised many users by removing the classic appearance settings which were in Windows for ages. Microsoft decided to delete the user interface for all advanced appearance settings along with the classic and basic themes in Windows 8 and 8.1.

In this tutorial, we will look how to change the scrollbar width size in Windows 8.1 without using any third party tool. This question is very popular in emails I am receiving since the release of this controversial and polarizing OS.

How to restore sites hidden from the New tab page in IE11

In modern versions of Internet Explorer, IE11/IE10/IE9, you get a useful New Tab page, which has tiles for frequently visited websites. By right clicking the tile or by pressing the little cross button (x) in the top right corner of each tile, you are able to remove that particular site from the list of thumbnails. But, for some reason, once you hide a specific website, there is no interface to restore it. What if you have deleted some site accidentally? Or maybe you removed it previously but prefer to have the site listed in the Frequent section again?

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In this article, I will share with you a simple trick which will allow you to restore removed sites.

Winaero WEI Tool

As you might be knowing, the Windows Experience Index (WEI) was removed from Windows 8.1. Microsoft left the WEI engine in the OS, but the UI was deleted from This PC/Computer properties. Recently, our good friends at IntoWindows reviewed the ChrisPC WEI tool. I looked at this tool but was disappointed that it didn't show the actual tests and assessments being done accurately. So I decided to code a better alternative myself with a nice looking, familiar UI. With WPF, it was a quite simple task.
So, here is my new freeware portable app, Winaero WEI Tool:

Latest version is, see the change log below.
It brings back the genuine Windows Experience Index and features the following abilities:

Fix: Start screen search is very slow in Windows 8.1

Today I got a letter from one of our readers saying that he upgraded to Windows 8.1 and thereafter, the Start screen search was really SLOW, almost eating up 100% of the CPU. He asked if there was a fix or some way to speed it up. Always anxious to help people with such issues, which I find a challenge to troubleshoot, I looked closely at what was causing the slowdown and figured out what was the cause. In this article, I would like to share the fix that finally made the Start screen search more responsive.

How to create a shortcut to open the Settings charm directly

I would like to offer you yet another useful way to open the Settings charm in Windows 8.1. The 'official' ways to open the settings are as follows:

  • Press Win + i keyboard shortcut.
  • Move you mouse cursor to the bottom right corner of the screen, and click the 'Settings' gear icon.

Here is another tricky way: in Windows 8.1 you are able to create a shortcut to open the Settings charm with one click! For me, it is really a must-have shortcut which I have pinned on my taskbar.

Paste and Go for Internet Explorer – the native way

Users of alternative browsers often blame Internet Explorer for the missing 'Paste and Go' feature. That feature is really convenient: you can copy a URL from some text, document or another webpage, and then go to that url in a new tab with one click. Most modern browsers have the 'Paste and Go' feature in the context menu of the address bar. For example, this is how it is implemented in Google Chrome:

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In this article, I would like to show you the Paste and Go functionality that already exists in Internet Explorer and how you can use it.

Change the number of frequent thumbnails on the New Tab page in IE11

When I tried Internet Explorer 11, I was slightly surprised that it still has a fixed number of thumbnail rows on the New Tab page. I am of the opinion that the number of rows should be dynamic and must depend on the current display resolution and browser window size. However, the number of thumbnails for frequently visited websites on the New Tab page in IE11 is still strictly limited to two rows! In this tutorial, we will look how to increase the number of rows and make the new tab page of the browser more useful.

[Bug] Microsoft Surface is unable to connect to Wi-Fi

One of my friends, a lucky owner of the Microsoft Surface tablet, has discovered a annoying bug in his device. When the Wi-Fi signal is not stable or suddenly disappears, the device behaves strangely: once the Wi-Fi signal is lost, it tries to connect, but ends up losing the ability to connect to ANY Wi-fi network. The other unfortunate thing is that this behavior of being unable to reconnect to any wireless connection is not limited to this particular case.

PDF Converter Elite 3 giveaway results and winners

Well, friends, our PDF Converter Elite 3 giveaway on Winaero has come to its conclusion. As promised, we have picked five random winners from people who participated. Here is the list of winners:
As promised, we are sharing five free licenses for PDF Converter Elite. The list of lucky winners we have picked randomly is as follows:

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