Several people wrote about the tips on speeding up Windows in my email newsletter (Subscribe here) and in other articles in my online newsletter.
I fixed another one on my computer so long ago that I had almost forgotten it – and how frustrating this new “enhancement” to Windows XP actually is. But, yesterday, my wife asked for some help on her computer and tried to use the scroll bar…
What am talking about? Have you ever wanted to scroll up about 10 lines or so? You can click and hold the mouse button on the up arrow on the scroll bar. Just about the time Windows XP slowly gets there, the scroll speed triples and you go way past that point. The fix is easy.
First, right-click on a blank spot on the desktop. In the context menu that pops up, pick “Properties.” Then, click on the Appearance tab and click on the Effects button.
Then, on the Effects window, Uncheck “Use the following transition effect for menus and tooltips.” Voilá! Now the scroll bars work smoothly!