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Scrollbar - Change Width Size in Windows 8

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    Scrollbar - Change Width Size in Windows 8

    Scrollbar - Change Width Size in Windows 8
    How to Change Scrollbar Width Size in Windows 8 and 8.1
    Published by Brink is online now
    26 Jul 2012
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    How to Change Scrollbar Width Size in Windows 8 and 8.1

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    This tutorial will show you how to change the size of the scrollbar width for your user account in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.

    EXAMPLE: Scrollbar Size Set Wider
    This is with the setting of -1000 in the steps below.

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    Here's How:

    1. Press Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog, type regedit, and click/tap OK.

    2. If prompted by UAC, then click/tap on Yes.

    3. In regedit, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics

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    4. In the right pane of WindowMetrics, double click/tap on ScrollHeight to be able to modify it. (see screenshot above)

    5. Type in a data value between -120 to -1500, and click/tap OK. (see screenshot below)
    NOTE: The default value is -255. A higher value (ex: -1000) will give you a wider scrollbar, and lower value (ex: -100) will give you a thinner scrollbar.

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    In the right pane of WindowMetrics, double click/tap on ScrollWidth to be able to modify it. (see screenshot below step 3)

    7. Type in the same data value you entered for "ScrollHeight" in step 5 above, and click/tap OK. (see screenshot below)

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    Close regedit.

    9. Sign out and sign in with your user account to apply.

    That's it,

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    are you serious? ok XP it was just a few clicks with a mouse and oh forget it. I do not have the computer know-how to do that.
    it's almost as if some somebody at Microsoft went out their way to make this OS diffacult on older people. thanks anyway.

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    Hello commander,

    If you wanted to do it, t's not so bad if you follow the tutorial step by step. We're happy to help as needed.
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    Big Help on Acer W3

    I bumped mine to -400, and that gives me enough width to use it (most of the time). A technique to keep in mind is to hold your fingertip on there long enough to "register" - seems to be about 1-2 seconds.

    Watch out though if using the GUI Display setting control to later change overall size (like medium/125% or Custom Sizing) - adjusting those seemed to reset my scrollbar settings.

    I agree with the poster about how annoying this is compared to the full control XP gives via the GUI, but I am familiar with this kind of tweaking from my experience with Windows CE/HPC/PPC/WM 5/6 (Jornada 728 or XV6900 anyone?) that required registry edits like this for a lot of settings. Good ol' MS and its one-size-fits-all/why tweak notions.
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    I split the screen, with these instructions on the left, and the regedit screen on the right. Then, just follow the instructions carefully. NOTE that there are 2 values that need to be changed: one is HEIGHT, the other is WIDTH, and they need to have the same value. I changed mine to -500, which worked out fine. But if that's not enough, you can go back in and make it a bigger value. Plus, it's a good exercise in getting 'under the hood' of this OS.-Tom
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