Since Windows 8, Microsoft removed all options to control any advanced appearance settings of the operating system. While you can still change the Windows theme, you cannot adjust how specific controls look, like it was possible in all releases starting from Windows 95 all the way up to Windows 7. Windows 10 does not bring those options back. If you are looking for a way to change the appearance of scrollbars in Windows 10, in this article I will share how it can be done.
There are two ways to change the size of scrollbars in Windows 10. Let's explore them.
Change scrollbar size with Winaero Tweaker
In version 0.3.1, I added the appropriate option to Winaero Tweaker. Run it and go to Advanced appearance - Scrollbars. Here, you can adjust the width of scrollbars and change the size of scrollbar buttons in Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 10. The changes will be applied instantly. No reboot is required.
That's it. You can download Winaero Tweaker here:
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The alternative way involves Registry editing.
Adjust scrollbars appearance with a Registry tweak
It is possible to adjust window title bar height using Windows Registry Editor. This method is worth mentioning for those who like tinkering with the system themselves.
- Open Registry Editor. If you are not familiar with Registry Editor, see this detailed tutorial.
- Go to the following Registry key:
Tip: You can access any desired Registry key with one click.
- To change the scollbar width, change the string value named "ScrollWidth". Set its value using the following formula:
-15*desired width in pixels
For example, to set the scrollbar width to 18px, set the ScrollWidth value to
-15*18 = -270
- To change the size of scrollbar buttons, edit the value ScrollHeight using the same formula.
- After that, sign out and sign in back to your user account to apply the changes.
That's it. Note that if you edit the Registry manually, the changes are not instant. So, if you wish to experiment to determine the right size of the scrollbar, I recommend you to use Winaero Tweaker.
This trick also works in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.