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Always Show Scrollbars in Windows 10 Store Apps

Windows Store Apps or Modern apps only have one major problem and that is there is no scrollbar or actually the auto-hiding scrollbar. How are the users supposed to know the page is scrollable if they can’t actually see the scrollbar on the side of the window? It turns out you can always show the scrollbars in Windows Store Apps.

No scrollbar or auto-hiding scrollbar in Windows 10 Store Apps

Microsoft releases new updates for Windows 10 which also includes several improvements for UI. Talking about user experience, Microsoft in their bid to make the Settings or Windows Store Apps cleaner choose to hide the scrollbar by default which frankly is very annoying in my experience. The scrollbar only appears when you move your mouse cursor over a thin line at the right-hand side of the window. But don’t worry as Microsoft added the ability to allow the scrollbars to stay always visible in Windows Store apps in the April 2018 Update.

Always Show Scrollbar in Windows 10 Store Apps

Although hiding scrollbar can be a good feature for some users but for the novice or non-technical users it creates confusion only. So if you’re also frustrated or annoyed by the hiding scrollbar feature and looking for a way to make it always visible then you at the right place.  There are two ways using which you can always show scrollbars in Windows 10 Store Apps, to know more about these two methods keep on reading this article.

Enable Always Show Scrollbars in Windows 10 Store Apps

Make sure to create a restore point just in case something goes wrong.

By default, the option to always show scrollbars in Windows Store App is disabled. In order to enable it, you need to manually go to the particular option and then enable this feature.  There are two ways using which you can always show scrollbar:

Method 1: Always Show Scrollbars in Windows Store Apps using Settings

To disable the hiding scrollbar option for Windows 10 store apps or settings app, follow the below steps:

1.Press Windows Key + I to open the Settings app or search for it using the Windows search bar.

Open Settings by searching for it using search bar

2.From Settings page click on the Ease of Access option.

Select Ease of Access from Windows Settings

3.Select the Display option from the menu that appears.

4.Now from the right-hand side window, scroll down and under Simplify and personalize find the option to Automatically hide scroll bars in Windows.

Under Simplify and personalize find the option to Automatically hide scroll bars in Windows

5.Toggle off the button under Automatically hide scroll bars in the Windows option.

Toggle off the button under Automatically hide scroll bars in the Windows option

6.As soon as you disable the above toggle, scrollbars will start appearing under the Settings as well as Windows Store Apps. 

Scrollbar will start appearing under the Settings as well as Windows Store Apps

7.If you wish to again enable the hiding scrollbar option then you can again turn on the above toggle.

Method 2: Always Show Scrollbar in Windows Store Apps using Registry

Apart from using settings app, you can also use the Registry editor to enable always show scrollbars in Windows Store Apps. The reason for this maybe you don’t have the latest Windows updates installed on your system or if the above toggle is not working in the Settings app.

Registry: The registry or Windows registry is a database of information, settings, options and other values for software and hardware installed on all versions of Microsoft Windows operating systems.

To use the Registry to enable always show scrollbars in Windows 10 store apps follow the below steps:

1.Press Windows Key + R then type regedit and hit Enter to open Registry Editor.

Press Windows Key + R then type regedit and hit Enter to open Registry Editor

2.A confirmation dialog box (UAC) will appear. Click on Yes to continue.

3.Navigate to the following path in Registry:

Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Accessibility

Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER then Control Panel and finally Accessibility

4.Now select Accessibility then under the right-hand side window, double-click on DynamicScrollbars DWORD. 

Note: If you can’t find DynamicScrollbars then right-click on Accessibility then select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name this newly created DWORD as DynamicScrollbars.

Right-click on Accessibility then select New then DWORD (32-bit) Value

5.Once you double-click on DynamicScrollbars, the below dialog box will open.

Double-click on DynamicScrollbars DWORD

6.Now under Value data, change the value to 0 in order to disable the hiding scrollbars and click on OK to save changes.

Change the value to 0 in order to disable the hiding scrollbars

Note: To again enable the hiding scrollbars, change the value of DynamicScrollbars to 1.

7.Reboot your PC to apply changes.

After the computer restarts, the scroll bar will start appearing in the Windows Store or Settings App.

Hopefully, by using any one of the above methods you will be able to Always Show Scrollbars in Windows Store apps or Settings apps in Windows 10.

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Aditya Farrad

Aditya is a self-motivated information technology professional and has been a technology writer for the last 7 years. He covers Internet services, mobile, Windows, software, and How-to guides.

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