You want scrollbars? Here they are
Mac Tip #572, 27 February 2013
I recently noticed someone complaining that windows in Mountain Lion don’t have scrollbars unless you’re actively scrolling. If you like to always see scroll bars in windows it’s easy to achieve. All you need is a quick visit to the System Preferences window. Here are the details.
Scroll bars are turned off by default in Mountain Lion
The screenshot above shows a window with a lot of text in it. You can’t see all the text though as the window’s too narrow and not tall enough.
There are also no scroll bars whose length could at least help you guess how much of the content is invisible.
This older Tip talks about ways to use scrollbars to quickly move around a document: Quick scroll, Mac Tip #187/16-Mar-2005. Unfortunately it doesn’t include any screenshots.
In Mountain Lion the scrollbars will magically appear once you hover over, click in or start to scroll the window.
Change the scroll bar setting in System Preferences
If you prefer to always see the scrollbars then go to the
General pane of
System Preferences and check the radio button marked
Always in the
Show scroll bars section.
Always visible scrollbars
The screenshot below shows my text window now — the scrollbars are visible at all times.
It’s a small and easy fix. How do you prefer scrollbars on your Mac?
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