How to Turn On or Off Always Show Scrollbars in Windows 11


This article describes steps one can take to enable or disable a feature to always show scrollbars in Windows 11.

Scrollbars in Windows will show on the Start menu, Settings app, and other applications only after you hover over the window with your mouse and intend to scroll.

The scrollbar will disappear when you leave the window and reappear when you want to scroll again. This feature is part of Fluent Design Microsoft is incorporating in Windows, which defines elements that adapt to the environment and actions. 

If you want the scrollbars to always be available and not disappear on you, then use the steps below to do that.

How to enable or disable always show scrollbars in Windows 11

As described above, the scrollbar will disappear when you leave the window and reappear when you intend to scroll again.

Below is how to make sure that you always have the scrollbars visible on system menus and application windows.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for the majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from its System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + I shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In the Windows Settings app, click Accessibility on the left.

On the right, select the Visual effect tile to expand.

On Accessibility -> Visual effects settings panel, select the Always show scrollbars tile.

Then toggle the switch button to the On position to always show scrollbars on windows.

To disable it, simply toggle the switch button back to the Off position.

Alternatively, open Windows Registry by clicking on the Start Menu and searching for Registry Editor as highlighted below.

Under Best match, select Registry Editor to launch Registry Editor.

In the left pane of Windows Registry, expand the tree: 

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Accessibility

In the registry folder key, double-click the DynamicScrollbars key and change its value from 1 to 0 to show the scrollbar always show scrollbars.

To disable or not always show the scrollbars, change the value from 0 to 1.

That should do it!


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