How to Enable or Disable Automatically Hide Scroll Bars in Windows 10 Apps

Want to enable or disable ‘Automatically hide scroll bars’ in Windows 10 apps?

Even though scroll bars are vital for site navigation, they are almost always ignored – unless you can’t find them anymore on your screen and think that your computer is acting up again.

The Windows operating system hides scroll bars that are not hovered over by the pointer when running UWP applications by default. This feature is great for people who like to scroll through the internet using their mouse wheel and could not care less about the scroll bar. However, at the same time, it can be an annoyance for people who like to have a visible, easy-to-click scroll bar. 

Well, being a ‘considerate’ operating system, Windows tried listening to everyone and made this feature customizable. This means you can enable or disable ‘Automatically hide scroll bars’ in Windows 10 apps. 

In this guide, we will walk you through the steps of doing so in detail. 

Let’s get started. 

1. Modify Windows Settings. 

One of the easiest ways to enable or disable ‘Automatically hide scroll bars’ in Windows 10 apps is by modifying Windows settings using the Settings application.

All that you need to do is turn the toggle against ‘Automatically hide scroll bars’ on or off. 

Here is how you can do that:

  1. Press Windows + I keys simultaneously on your keyboard to open Windows Settings and click on the Ease of Access icon.
  2. Select Display from the left panel.
  3. In the right pane, turn the toggle on/off against Automatically hide scroll bars in Windows.
Enable or Disable Automatically Hide Scroll Bars in Windows 10 Apps

After following the steps mentioned above, you will be able to make the desired changes in no time.

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3. Use Windows Registry.

Another easy way of performing the operation under consideration is via Windows Registry. 

The Windows Registry is a computer system utility that maintains low-level information about the programs and applications you install. The operating system often makes use of this information as it performs its tasks. 

It is also a great place to modify the settings of your computer if you want to customize the operating system. 

Here is how you modify the Windows Registry to enable or disable the scroll bar:

  1. Press Windows + R keys simultaneously to open a Run dialogue box. 
  2. Type ‘regedit‘ in the text field of the dialogue box and hit Enter. This will launch Windows Registry on your PC. 
  1. Once you are inside Windows Registry, navigate to the location mentioned below.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Accessibility
  1. Right-click anywhere in the right pane and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value option.
  2. Rename this newly created value as DynamicScrollbars and double-click on it.
  1. If you want to enable the feature, type 1 under Value data. If you want to disable the feature type 0.

That is it.

This should successfully hide the scroll bar on your PC.

This brings us to the end of our guide on enabling or disabling the ‘Automatically hide scroll bars’ in Windows 10 apps. We tried walking you through all the steps in detail and hope that one of the methods mentioned above did the trick for you. In case you still have any confusion about the methods, please let us know in the comment section below!

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  • Zainab Falak

    Zainab Falak is a staff writer for Saint and an expert in Microsoft Windows, having authored more than 200 posts. She has a Bachelors in Actuarial Sciences and her passion for computers extends to exploring various aspects, from UI customization to the Windows registry and exploring error codes. Twitter LinkedIn

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