How To Disable Windows 10 Hidden Scroll Bars

The Windows 10 interface has changed a lot since earlier days. Some are nice new additions and others, not so much. One of the changes I don’t like is the tiny, little, almost hidden scroll bars, particularly in the so-called Apps. If you don’t have a teen-aged gamer’s aiming dexterity, those skinny little lines can be hard to hit. (I was a teenager once. Really!) Of course, you can simply use your mouse wheel to side-step the scroll bar issue entirely.

The skinny scroll bars look like this (you might have to squint):

Enable The Big, Fat Scroll Bars Again

  1. Use the Windows key + I to open the Settings App
  2. Choose Ease of Access
  3. In the left panel, choose Display
  4. In the right panel, scroll down until you see a toggle switch labeled Automatically hide scroll bars in Windows
  5. Switch that bugger to the Off position

You should now see something like this:

Ahhh… much better,


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Richard Pedersen

Richard received his first computer, a C-64, in 1982 as a gift and began dabbling in BASIC. He was hooked! His love for computing has led him from the old “XT” boxes to the more modern fare and from clunky 10MB hard drives to smooth and fast modern day SSD drives. He has run BBS services, Fido mail, and even operated his own computer repair business.


  1. Enable The Big, Fat Scroll Bars Again. What fanny at M$ decided to default “auto hide” them was a great idea?? Been driving me round the frigging bend so glad for this great tip… Well done at DCT !! Might have to consider a donation in the future 😀 😀

    • Well, R, the screenshots in this post all come from my computer and I’m running Windows 10 Pro v1903 18362.239.
      Are you running the Pro edition or Home…


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