Switch to Wide Scroll Bar on Windows 10

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Windows 10 has implemented aesthetic thin scroll bars which I find to be impractical to use, especially when using a touchpad on a Windows 10 laptop.

You can (barely) see these thin scroll bars when using most system based apps. When your mouse isn’t hovering over the scrollbars, they’re just thin lines.

In this article I will show you how to quickly switch from the thin scroll bars back to the standard or wide width scroll bars.


Disable Thin Scroll Bars on Windows 10

Begin by clicking on the Start button (Windows logo at the bottom left of your screen) and type in “hide scroll” and press the “Enter” key on your keyboard.

Alternatively, you can open the Settings app and go to the Ease of Access section. Select the Display tab on the left and scroll down to the Simplify and personalize Windows section. Toggle the Automatically hide scroll bars in Windows option which will turn off those thin scroll bars. You will now enjoy easier access to the wider scroll bars that you were used to, that is unless the webpage or app bypasses that setting.


Ease of Access Options

If you continue your browsing of the Ease of Access group of settings, you’ll find there are quite a few useful switches and options there that might make using your Windows 10 PC much easier.

For example, if you have an older system or a conservative amount of RAM, you might want to disable animations on Windows 10. There is a built-in switch that lets you do just that but it’s under Ease of Access, on the Display tab. If you don’t like the animations, you can turn them off with just a switch. There is no longer a need for third party apps or messing with the Windows Registry.



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