How To Disable Thin Scroll Bars On Windows 10

Windows 10 goes through lots of changes, big and small, with its feature updates. With these updates, new features like Timeline are added but they also add cosmetic changes like integrating fluent design in more apps. One small cosmetic change that Microsoft made was to the scroll bars. You can see them in the Settings app. When your mouse isn’t hovering over the scrollbars, they’re thin lines. If you find them impractical to use, you can disable thin scroll bars in Windows 10 from the Settings app.

Disable Thin Scroll Bars

Open the Settings app and go to the Ease of Access group of settings. Select the Display tab and scroll down to the Automatically hide scroll bars in Windows switch. Turn it off and the thin bars will never appear again. By default, you’ll always see the thick scroll bars that you’re used to seeing in other apps, and that were the default on older versions of Windows 10.

This setting is well hidden. It ought to be in the Personalization group of settings where you find most miscellaneous settings like this e.g., importing or exporting themes. Most users might be unaware that you can disable thin scroll bars altogether but the setting is there.

The thin scroll bars only appear in most stock apps i.e. the Settings app, Edge, Grove, Photos, Movies & TV, etc. This setting will not affect Chrome, VLC, or Netflix. Most UWP apps don’t support this new UI change that was added in 1709, no desktop apps support it, not even the Control Panel.

Ease of Access

If you look under the Ease of Access group of settings, you’ll find there are quite a few useful switches and options there that might make using your system much easier. For example, if you have an older system or a conservative amount of RAM, you might want to disable animations on Windows 10. There’s a built-in switch that lets you do just that but it’s under Ease of Access, on the Display tab. If you don’t like the animations, you can turn them off with just a switch. There’s no need for third party apps or messing with the Windows Registry.

If you’ve ever wanted Mono audio on your PC, you can go to the Audio tab under Ease of Access and enable a switch to get it. This group of settings is a treasure trove of useful stuff that you might not think existed at all so it’s definitely worth checking out.

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How To View Your Hotspot Connection Speed On Windows 10

On Windows 10, it’s ridiculously easy to create a hotspot. The Action Center has a toggle for it, you can change the password from the Settings app, and you can limit the connection to WiFi or Bluetooth. The Task Manager on Windows 10 tells you how much data speed you’re getting via your WiFi but when you enable the hotspot on your system, you can also view the hotspot connection speed.

Hotspot Connection Speed

First turn on the hotspot, and make sure that a device is connected to it. It must be using the connection for you to get the speed of the connection.

Open the Task Manager and go to the Performance tab. This is where you can see how your CPU, RAM, Disk, and GPU is performing and of course your WiFI adapter. When you enable the hotspot, you will see two WiFi entries here.

To differentiate between your WiFi network card, and your virtual hotspot, you need to select the WiFi graph and check which one says Microsoft Wi-Fi Direct Virtual Adapter at the top right. If it reads Intel, then that’s not the one you’re looking for.

Once you’ve found the right WiFi adapter, look for the Send and Receive fields. They will tell you how much speed your hotspot connection is giving.

If you look closely at the WiFi adapter listed in the left column, you will notice that the summary of information includes the speed information but it’s instantaneous. The graph will tell you how much speed you’re connection gives for as long as it’s connected.

You won’t be able to see how much data is being consumed, nor will you be able to tell how many devices are connected to the hotspot. If you need to know how many devices are connected, you need only open the Action Center and look at the toggle for Mobile Hotspot. You can connect up to 8 devices to your PC’s hotspot and the toggle will tell you how many, out of the 8, you’ve connected.

If you want more insight on the connection you can try a third-party app or, you can install one on the device that’s connected to your PC’s hotspot. The information can help troubleshoot problems you might be having with your PC’s hotspot and it’s also a quick way to look up the IPv4 and IPv6 address for your virtual adapter. You can also tell what the connection strength is, and copy the information if you want.

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How To Name Voice Memos By Location On iOS

iOS has a Voice Memo app which, as you can probably guess by the name, can create voice memos. The app appears to be simple and for the most part it is. There are a few basic editing functions and the app can save to a lossless format. By default, it saves recordings with a numbered name i.e., Recording 1, Recording 2, Recording 3, etc. This may make it harder to tell which recording is which. If you record memos in different places i.e., at work, at home, or at the park, you can name voice memos by location.

Name Voice Memos By Location

Open the Settings app and tap the Voice Memos app. In order to name voice memos by location, the app must have access to your location. Tap the Location option at the top and allow the app to use your location while you’re using the app.

Once you’ve done that, scroll further down and tap Default Name. Change it from ‘Recording Number’ to ‘Current Location’.

The next voice memo you record will be named after your current location. If you record multiple voice memos in the same location, the file will be numbered after the location. The files will be named Location, Location 2, Location 3, etc.

For the voice memo to be named after a precise location, Apple Maps must have your area mapped out reasonably well. If it isn’t, the voice memos will normally just be named after your city and they will likely be far less useful than if they had your actual location or a nearby landmark at the very least.

Rename Voice Memo

You can always change the name later if you want. If you’re wondering how to edit the name of a voice memo, it’s pretty easy. To edit the voice memo’s name, select it and tap the three dots button. In the menu that opens, tap Edit. This will open a fairly complicated looking panel that lets you crop the file, among other things. Tap the name of the voice memo and you will be able to edit it.

You can edit the name of a voice memo regardless if it’a named by number or by location. If you’re having problems keeping track of your recordings with both naming schemes, you should try and make a habit of renaming them the second you create them. It may not always be convenient but it’s worth it to keep track of your voice memos.

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How To Fix “Roaming Profile Was Not Completely Synchronized” On Windows 10

Windows 10 1803 has a bug that appears if you use a roaming profile. The roaming profile doesn’t sync and it takes a considerable amount of time to log in and log out. If you’re experiencing this bug, you’ve likely seen the error message “Roaming Profile Was Not Completely Synchronized”. Microsoft is aware of the issue and there’s a fix for it. It requires you edit the Windows registry but this isn’t as simple as creating a new key or value. You need access to another Windows 10 system running 1803. Here’s how you can fix the “Roaming Profile Was Not Completely Synchronized” bug.

Roaming Profile Was Not Completely Synchronized

If you have access to a Windows 10 system running build 1803, you need to open the Windows Registry on that system and go to the following location.

HComputer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

Select the ExcludeProfileDirs value, and go to File>Export. Save the value to an easily accessible location, and then move it to the Windows 10 system where you get the Roaming Profile Was Not Completely Synchronized error. Right-click it, and select Merge from the context menu. You will need administrative rights to modify the registry.

Assuming you do not have have access to another system running Windows 10 1803, you can create the value on your system.

Open a Notepad file, and paste the following in it. Save it as ExcludeProfileDirs with the REG file extension. Once you’ve saved it, right-click the file and select Merge from the context menu. You will need administrative rights to add the value to the registry.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]
"ExcludeProfileDirs"="AppData\\Local;AppData\\LocalLow;$Recycle.Bin;OneDrive;Work Folders"

Once you’ve added the registry value, restart your system and the error ought to be fixed. You need only do this on systems running Windows 10 1803 as this bug is exclusive to this build. The tricky part of the solution that Microsoft has given is finding a system that is on the latest build but doesn’t have this problem.

We should mention that the registry value is available on any system running 1803. It doesn’t have to be connected to a domain or anything. This makes it easier to find the value though, you can always take the simpler route and create it yourself from the instructions given above.

It’s no longer a surprise that little bugs like this make it to stable builds. The good news is that Microsoft gives you a fix whenever it can. The company doesn’t know what the cause of this bug is just yet which isn’t encouraging but they’re investigating.

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How To Enable or Disable Group Notifications By App On iOS 12

Apple has been changing how notifications appear on your lock on iOS in almost each major iOS update. They got it right in iOS 9 where there was an option to sort the notifications in chronological order but that option was removed in a later version. In iOS 12, notifications are grouped by app. This means that if you have ten new text messages, they will all be grouped into one notification. You may, or may not like this. Here’s how you can enable or disable group notifications by app on iOS 12.

Group Notifications By App

This setting is customizeable on a per-app basis. This means you can choose to group notifications by app for apps like Instagram or Facebook, but keep them separate for apps like Messages or Phone.

Open the Settings app and tap Notifications. Select the app you want to enable or disable group notifications for. Scroll down and tap Notification Grouping. On the Notification Grouping screen, select ‘By App’ to group notifications by app, or tap ‘Off’ to disable notification grouping.

If you go with the default option, or with By App, you will only get one notification per app. It will be a stack of notifications from the same app. For example, if you have grouped notifications enabled for the Messages app, and you have three new messages from three different people, they will all be grouped together as one message.

With grouped notifications turned off, each message will have its own alert i.e., you will have one notification from each sender on your lock screen.

Unfortunately, it seems the chronological sorting of notifications isn’t coming back any time soon. If you leave the notification set to its default selection i.e., Automatic, the notifications may well end up grouped by app type. For example, if you have a notification from Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, they might all be grouped into one because they’re all social media apps.

The good thing is that you can change how notifications are grouped on a per-app basis. Grouping notifications from a particular app such as Twitter or Facebook isn’t a bad idea but grouping them for apps like Phone, Messages, or other productivity oriented apps like Slack may make the notifications far less useful.

This new method of displaying notifications is aimed at making your lock screen far less distracting and making it so that notifications, especially those that aren’t important, do not overwhelm you.

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