How to Always Show Scrollbars in Windows 11?

How do I always display scrollbars in Windows 11? If you have used Windows 11 for a few days, you might have noticed that scrollbars automatically hide when they’re not in use. You may feel uncomfortable scrolling when it is not always visible. However, Microsoft has provided an option to show always or hide scrollbars when not in use on your screen. All you can do is from the settings app.

In this gearupwindows article, we will guide you on always showing scrollbars in Windows 11. Using the same steps, you can hide the scrollbars when not in use.

How to Always Show Scrollbars in Windows 11?

Step 1. Open the Settings app by pressing Windows + I shortcut keys from the keyboard.

Alternatively, press Windows + R keys simultaneously from the keyboard to open the Run dialog box. In the Run box, type ms-settings: and hit the Enter key from the keyboard to launch the Settings app.

Step 2. In the Settings window, click on the Accessibility category from the left sidebar, and then on the right-side pane, select the Visual Effects tab.

Step 3. In Visual Effects settings, turn the toggle switch to the On position next to the Always Show Scrollbars option.

Once you complete the above steps, you’ll always see scrollbars in your windows unless an app handles its scrollbars independently.

How to Hide Scrollbars in Windows 11 when not in use?

Step 1. Open the Settings app by pressing Windows + I shortcut keys from the keyboard.

Alternatively, press Windows + R keys simultaneously from the keyboard to open the Run dialog box. In the Run box, type ms-settings: and hit the Enter key from the keyboard to launch the Settings app.

Step 2. In the Settings window, click on the Accessibility category from the left sidebar, and then on the right-side pane, select the Visual Effects tab.

Step 3. In Visual Effects settings, turn the toggle switch to the Off position next to the Always Show Scrollbars option.

Once you complete the above steps, when not in use or the cursor is away from the scrollbars, it will automatically hide on Windows 11.

How to Always Show or Hide Inactive Scrollbars using Registry Editor?

To always show or hide inactive scrollbars through Registry Editor, use the following steps:-

Step 1. First, open the Registry Editor.

Step 2. Then, navigate to the following key in the left sidebar of Registry Editor:-

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Accessibility

Step 3. On the right side of the Accessibility folder, double-click the DynamicScrollbars REG_DWOED and set its value to the following:-

  • 0 – Show scrollbar.
  • 1 – Hide scrollbar.

Step 4. Click OK.

Step 5. Restart your computer.

Once you complete the above steps, the scrollbar will always be visible or disabled when inactive, depending upon your settings.

Also Read: How to always show Scroll Bars in Windows 10?

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