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MSN Homepage

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  • Started 2 years ago by Vitalogy
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  1. Vitalogy
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    I've had MSN as my homepage for a long time. Recently, I've noticed that with a new upgrade to their website, the right hand scroll bar disappears while reading articles and can only be used by making a movement. This is beyond annoying. I use a laptop and use the right hand scroll to move the page down. What is the point of this timing out and how do I reverse this? I'm ready for a new home page. I can't believe this is the best the computer nerds could come up with.

    Posted on November 7, 2014 - 09:18 PM #
  2. Andrew
    Member

    What web browser are you using? Internet Explorer? I don't normally visit the MSN home page but did just now. The right scroll bar never disappeared when I clicked on and read articles, but I use the Google Chrome browser.

    FYI, these design choices are made probably not by "computer nerds" but by bean counters.

    Posted on November 7, 2014 - 09:23 PM #
  3. Vitalogy
    Member

    IE 11 Windows 7.

    Posted on November 7, 2014 - 09:30 PM #
  4. Vitalogy
    Member

    This seems to be an issue with both my work computer and home computer. Not sure what version of IE is on my work laptop though.

    Posted on November 7, 2014 - 09:31 PM #
  5. Andrew
    Member

    My guess is that it is an IE "feature" to give you more screen space, given that I don't see it in Chrome.

    Posted on November 7, 2014 - 09:34 PM #
  6. jr_tech
    Member

    Just tried it with Firefox, no problem. Can you use the keyboard up & down arrows to scroll through the page?

    Posted on November 7, 2014 - 09:41 PM #
  7. missing_kskd
    Member

    Use Google for a home page.

    It is simple, loads quick, and does not do things you might not like so much.

    If you adopt Chrome, you can also get all your bookmarks and such into a Google account, and hve it all be portable across computers.

    Or, Firefox offers a nice start page showing frequent sites. For that quick check, just fire it up and click on one.

    That is what I use most often. Gave up on portal pages long ago for a lot of reasons. I can open up a list of sites with Firefox too. Pretty sure Chrome offers this. With fiber, I don't do it often now, but on slower Internet, I would frequently launch all of that while making coffee or something.

    The portals, and a growing number of sites want to leave something running to get more data and your attention. They convince some ners somewhere to do it. Sure glad I'm not that nerd...

    Posted on November 7, 2014 - 09:56 PM #
  8. missing_kskd
    Member

    Here's a cool idea:

    Go and make an account on the old reader. Google it. (I'm on mobile, or I would) That is an RSS reader service. Plug in all the sites you follow that offer an RSS feed.

    That site will fetch and queue them for you. Set it as your home page and get a ton at a glance. You might really like doing that.

    I use the old reader on a work computer to follow a ton of tech / manufacturing info sites I need. Works great. I hit it, read all the summaries, quickly learn what is new, then drill down on the good stuff.

    Posted on November 7, 2014 - 09:59 PM #