How to Recover My Scroll Bars on a Mac Computer


When using a Mac computer the scroll bars are found on the bottom and right sides of the screen. These blue bars allow you to move the image on the page up to down and left to right. Scroll bars are found on a variety of different programs, ranging from Internet browsers to word processors. If you cannot find your scroll bars you can easily return them to the sides of program window.

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  • Click on the top of the program you are running near the title of the software and drag the window towards the top left corner of your monitor. This reveals the bottom and the right sides of the window. If your program window has become too large to fit in the screen click the green "+" in the upper left corner of the screen. You should now see the scroll bars on the screen.

  • Check to see if you need scroll bars. If no information is below or to the sides of the current content the program doesn't need scroll bars and won't display them.

  • Select "Preferences" from the dock and select "Appearance." Adjust the scroll bar settings so they are "Together" and "Jump to the next page" (select these options next to "Place scroll arrows" and "Click in the scroll bar to:").

  • Log off and shut down your Mac computer. Allow it to stay off for a few minutes. Restart your computer and launch a different program, such as an internet browser. You need to have a program you know uses the scroll bars. Once the program loads you will see the scroll bars appear on the sides of the screen. Close out the program and relaunch your program. The scroll bars are now back on the screen.

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