Make Scroll Bars Always Visible in Windows 10 Store Apps

Starting with Windows 10 Build 17083, there is a new option that allows making scroll bars always stay visible in Store apps. By default, the operating system hides scroll bars when they are not hovered over with the mouse pointer.


Microsoft describes this new feature as follows:

We’ve heard your feedback and have added a new setting for those who would prefer their scrollbars stay always visible. It’s available under Settings > Ease of Access > Display. Turning this setting off will result in the scroll bars in UWP (XAML) apps persisting as scrollbars in their full expanded size, even when not interacting with them.

Note: In this build Start won’t follow the setting – we’re working on it.

So, the new option is located under the Ease of Access category in the Settings app. Let's see how to enable it.

To make Scroll Bars always visible in Windows 10 Store apps, do the following.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Go to Ease of Access -> Display.Windows 10 Scroll Bars Always Visible Img1
  3. On the right, disable the toggle option Automatically hide scroll bars in Windows.Windows 10 Scroll Bars Always Visible Img2
  4. The scroll bars will remain permanently visible in your Store apps.

You are done.

You can undo this change at any moment by re-enabling the option Automatically hide scroll bars in Windows in Settings.

There are a number of situations where you need to configure such options with a Registry tweak. This is also possible. Let's see how it can be done.

Enable always visible Scroll Bars with a Registry tweak

  1. Open the Registry Editor app.
  2. Go to the following Registry key.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Accessibility

    See how to go to a Registry key with one click.

  3. On the right, modify or create a new 32-Bit DWORD value DynamicScrollbars.
    Note: Even if you are running 64-bit Windows you must still create a 32-bit DWORD value.
    Set its value data to 1 to enable the feature. A value data of 0 will disable it.Windows 10 Scroll Bars Always Visible Img3
  4. To make the changes done by the Registry tweak take effect, you need to sign out and sign in again to your user account.

To save your time, you can download the following ready-to-use Registry files:

Download Registry Files

That's it.

3 thoughts on “Make Scroll Bars Always Visible in Windows 10 Store Apps

  1. Russ

    The Settings option should work with Windows 10 Build 17083.
    Will the Registry tweak work with Windows 10 Build 16299?

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      I have not tried. I don’t think that it will work in previous releases.

      Reply
  2. roger

    The fix for https://winaero.com/blog/make-scroll-bars-always-visible-windows-10/ no longer exists with the advent of 1709.

    Reply

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