How to get your scroll bars back, permanently

I have spoken to a few people recently, who have called the Amsys Helpdesk, that find the default feature in 10.7 and 10.8 which removes the scrolling bars in different windows, such as Mail and Safari, a bit frustrating. However, it’s not as difficult as you would think in order to turn it back on…

Simply load System Preferences from either the applications folder or the  logo and select General.

system preferences


Within General there are some different settings you can use regarding your custom requirement with the scrolling bars, pick which option you would like and from then on you will be able to see the scrolling bar.

getting your scroll bars back

Let us know if this issue affects you and if this quick fix helps.

5 Replies to "How to get your scroll bars back, permanently"

  • Mark Palmer

    Hi Stephen,

    Thanks for your comment, glad we could help you with this 🙂


  • Calvin

    Great! Now if we could get back the arrows at top and bottom……………………..

  • weirdsci

    Thanks for the tip. I use a smartboard in my class and this tip will save me having to go to the keyboard to show the scroll bars.

  • Hi Calvin,

    Try the following command to add up and down arrows to the top and bottom of your scroll bar

    sudo defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleScrollBarVariant “DoubleBoth”

    Obviously make sure you have a backup as Your Milage May Vary.


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