Have you given the new Internet Explorer 9 a try yet? It is currently in public beta testing and one of the many new features it includes is a new tab page that displays your most popular 10 web pages.
But depending on your screen resolution and window size, you might notice that there is quite a lot of empty white space that could be put to better use. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to show even more popular sites instead of just ten? Thanks to a little registry tweak, it’s possible.
Warning: This involves editing the Windows Registry. Please follow these instructions carefully. The registry is a crucial part of the system and incorrectly editing it could cause severe problems with your PC.
Start by opening up the Registry Editor by typing in regedit into the Start Menu and hitting Enter. This is per-user so no administrative privileges are required.
Navigate the Registry folders to the following entry:
Right click on an empty space on the right panel or on the NewTabPage folder and select New > New DWORD (32-bit) Value, as shown in the screenshot below.
Name this new value NumRows.
Then right click on your newly created value and hit Modify. In the box for Value Data, set the number of rows of popular sites you want the new tab page to show. Each row shows 5 popular sites.
Click OK and then restart Internet Explorer. You should see your new changes applied immediately.
Of course, since this is still a beta product, things might change in the final release. Maybe Microsoft will add an option to set the number of popular sites shown.