Firefox 97 is getting Windows 11-styled scrollbars

After introducing a major design overhaul for Firefox, Mozilla Foundation now wants to polish some minor bits and pieces in its browser. Firefox 97, currently available in the Nightly channel (where preview builds come the earliest), received redesigned scrollbars.


Firefox 97 now uses compact Windows 11-styled scrollbars with “up” and “down” buttons hidden by default.

Firefox Windows 11 Style Scrollbars
Windows 11-Styled Scrollbars in Firefox

Older Firefox versions (Dev, Beta, and Stable) still use the wider Windows 10 variant.

Firefox Classic Scrollbars
Classic Scrollbars in Firefox

Enable Windows 11-styled scrollbars in Firefox

To enable Windows 11-styled scrollbars in Firefox, update the browser to version 97. As of now, it is available only in the Nightly channel. Mozilla plans to ship Firefox 97 to all users in February 2022. Now, do the following.

  1. Open a new tab and type about:config in the address bar.
  2. Find the option.Find The Windows 11 Styled Scrollbars Option
  3. Click the edit button with a pencil icon and enter a new value. You can specify 0 (default), 1 (macOS), 2 (Linux), 3 (Android), 4 (Windows 10), and 5 (Windows 11).Enable Windows 11-styled scrollbars in Firefox
  4. Click the button with a checkmark icon to apply changes. Note that the browser will change the scrollbars design immediately.


So, Firefox allows its users to select scrollbar style using a parameter on the about:config page. Users can now pick one of five different variants from various platforms.

We would like to warn you that you should not use Nightly as your daily driver. Nightly builds of Firefox include the most fresh and often unstable features, so it can easily cause a data loss. You should use Nightly for testing some new functionality, which often includes both consumer and developer features.  That's what is its primary purpose.

Microsoft Edge also supports new Windows 11-styled scrollbars, although the feature is currently hidden behind a flag on the edge://flags pages. Even Edge Canary still uses older Windows 10-styled scrollbars. You can change that by navigating to edge://flags/#edge-overlay-scrollbars-win-style and enabling the Windows style overlay scrollbars flag.

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Author: Taras Buria

Taras is here to cover stories about Microsoft and everything around, although sometimes he prefers Apple.

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