How to Always Show Scrollbars on Windows 11

Windows 11 automatically hides the scroll bar for apps that aren't currently active. Although Microsoft made it a conscious design choice, some users still prefer to see the scrollbar instead. If you're one of them, here's how to always show scrollbars on your Windows 11 PC.

Always show scrollbars on Windows 11 (2022)

Always Show or Hide Scrollbars on Windows 11 from Settings

1. Open the Settings app using the Windows 11 keyboard shortcut “Win ​​+ I” and switch to the “Accessibility” section from the left sidebar.

2. When you are on the accessibility settings page, click on “Visual effects” in the right pane.

visual effects accessibility settings

3. Now, enable the “Always show scrollbars” toggle , and you're ready to go. The scroll bar will no longer automatically disappear on your Windows 11 PC. On the other hand, you can disable this toggle if you want to hide the scroll bar automatically.

always show scrollbars windows 11

Show or Hide Scrollbars on Windows 11 from Registry Editor

Another way to always show the scrollbar on Windows 11 is to edit the registry editor. Follow the steps below to always show scrollbars by changing the values ​​in the registry.

1. Open the Start menu and type “regedit” . When the Registry Editor result appears, click "Open" to enter the Registry Editor.

open registry editor w11

2. Once Registry Editor is open, navigate to the following path and double-click “DynamicScrollbars” in the right pane.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Accessibility

dynamic scrollbar register

3. Next, enter “1” as value data for “DynamicScrollbars” field and click “OK”. Windows 11 will now always show you the scroll bar. Restart your PC to apply the changes.

set dynamic scrollbars to 1 to always show scrollbar in windows 11

4. To hide the scroll bar automatically, input “0” as value data and click “OK”. You must now restart your PC for the changes to take effect.

set dynamic scrollbars to 0 to disable always show scrollbar in Windows 11

Make scrollbars always visible on Windows 11

This is how you can always see or hide scrollbars on Windows 11. We hope you found this guide helpful. In the meantime, if you recently installed Windows 11 on an unsupported PC, be sure to take a look at how you can remove the “Unmet System Requirements” watermark. We have also compiled lists of hidden Windows 11 features and upcoming Windows 11 features for you to check out.