How to Show Scroll Bar on Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

To show the scroll bar on your Mac, follow these simple steps:

Show Scroll Bar in System Preferences

If you prefer to have the scroll bar always visible on your Mac, you can enable it through the System Preferences. Here’s how:

  • Step 1: Click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen.
  • Step 2: Select “System Preferences” from the drop-down menu.
  • Step 3: In the System Preferences window, click on “General.”
  • Step 4: Look for the “Show scroll bars” option and choose one of the three available options:
    • Automatically based on mouse or trackpad: This option will hide the scroll bar when you’re not actively scrolling. It will appear when you move your mouse or trackpad.
    • When scrolling: This option will only display the scroll bar while actively scrolling.
    • Always: This option will keep the scroll bar visible at all times, even when you’re not scrolling.

Show Scroll Bar in Finder

If you want to enable the scroll bar specifically for Finder windows, follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Open a Finder window by clicking on its icon in your Dock or by pressing Command + N while viewing your desktop.
  • Step 2: Click on “View” in the menu bar at the top of your screen.
  • Step 3: From the drop-down menu, select “Show Scroll Bars.”

Show Scroll Bar in Safari

If you’d like to display the scroll bar specifically when using Safari, here’s what you need to do:

  • Step 1: Open Safari by clicking on its icon in the Dock or by searching for it in Spotlight.
  • Step 2: Click on “Safari” in the menu bar at the top of your screen.
  • Step 3: Select “Preferences” from the drop-down menu.
  • Step 4: In the Preferences window, click on the “Advanced” tab.
  • Step 5: Check the box next to “Show scroll bars.”

Show Scroll Bar in Other Applications

The method for enabling scroll bars may vary slightly between different applications. However, most applications follow a similar pattern. Look for a menu option related to viewing or preferences and search for an option that allows you to show or hide scroll bars.

In Summary

To show scroll bars on your Mac:

  • Navigate to System Preferences > General and choose your preferred scroll bar behavior.
  • In Finder windows, go to View > Show Scroll Bars.
  • In Safari, go to Safari > Preferences > Advanced and check “Show scroll bars.”

Remember, having visible scroll bars can enhance your navigation experience and make it easier to locate content within a window. Experiment with different settings until you find what works best for you!

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