How to Show or Hide Scrollbars in Microsoft Word or Excel?

Scrollbars are the sliders you see on the edge of the window, which are used to move up or down and left or right within an opened window. These scroll bars remain hidden by default when not in use, making it difficult for users to scroll about using the mouse.

When you open a Microsoft Store app, the Start menu, or the Settings app, the scrollbar becomes visible on the right side of the screen when you move your mouse pointer to the right of the window or use the scroll wheel on your mouse.

Fortunately, both Windows 11 and 10 allow users to permanently configure to show scroll bars, but this does not affect Microsoft Office programs scrollbars because the Office app handles it independently.

In this gearupwindows article, you will learn to show or hide Scrollbars in Microsoft Word or Excel.

How to Display or Hide Scrollbars in Microsoft Word?

To show or hide Scrollbars in Microsoft Word, use these steps:-

Step 1. Open a Microsoft Word document on your PC.

Step 2. Click on the File menu.

Step 3. In the backstage view, click Options to open “Word Options” window.

Step 4. Switch to the Advanced tab in the left sidebar of the “Word Options” window.

Step 5. Now, check the following options under the Display section to turn on horizontal and vertical scroll bars:-

  •  Show horizontal scroll bar
  • Show vertical scroll bar

Quick Note: To hide the horizontal and vertical scroll bars, uncheck both.

Step 6. Finally, click OK.

How to Show or Hide Scrollbars in Microsoft Excel?

To enable or disable Scroll bars in Excel, use these steps:-

Step 1. Open a Microsoft Excel Worksheet on your computer.

Step 2. Click on the File tab.

Step 3. In the backstage view, click Options to open “Excel Options” window.

Step 4. Switch to the Advanced tab in the left sidebar of the “Excel Options” window.

Step 5. Now, check the following options under the “Display options for this workbook” section to turn on horizontal and vertical scroll bars:-

  •  Show horizontal scroll bar
  • Show vertical scroll bar

Quick Note: To hide the horizontal and vertical scroll bars, uncheck both.

Step 6. Finally, click OK.

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