How to Get the Scroll Bar on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Do you find it frustrating when scrolling through long documents or webpages on your Mac and can’t seem to find the scroll bar? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! In this tutorial, we will show you how to get the scroll bar on your Mac using a few simple steps.

Step 1: Open System Preferences

To begin, click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen and select “System Preferences” from the dropdown menu. Alternatively, you can press Command + Space to open Spotlight Search and type “System Preferences” to quickly access it.

Step 2: Access General Settings

In the System Preferences window, locate and click on the General icon. This will open the General settings for your Mac.

Step 3: Enable Scroll Bar

In the General settings window, you will see various customization options. Look for the “Show scroll bars” section.

By default, it is set to “Automatically based on mouse or trackpad. “

If you want to always show the scroll bar regardless of whether you are using a mouse or trackpad, select the “Always” option. This will ensure that the scroll bar is permanently visible whenever there is content to be scrolled.

If you prefer a more minimalistic approach and only want to see the scroll bar when scrolling, choose “When scrolling”. This option hides the scroll bar when not in use but displays it as soon as you start scrolling.


  • If you have a MacBook with a built-in trackpad, you can also change these options specifically for when using trackpad from the dropdown menu below the “Show scroll bars” section.
  • Experiment with different options to find the one that suits your preference and workflow the best.

Step 4: Close System Preferences

After making your selection, simply close the System Preferences window. The changes will take effect immediately, and you can now enjoy a visible scroll bar on your Mac!

Having a visible scroll bar can greatly enhance your navigation experience, especially when dealing with lengthy documents or webpages. By following these steps, you can easily customize the scroll bar settings on your Mac to suit your needs.

If you ever change your mind and want to revert to the default settings, simply repeat these steps and choose the “Automatically based on mouse or trackpad” option in Step 3.

We hope this tutorial has been helpful in showing you how to get the scroll bar on Mac. Happy scrolling!

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