The Secret To Adjusting Scrollbar Width in Windows 10

Dear Computer Lady,

How do I change the size of the scroll bar in Windows 10?

Thanks, Judy

Dear Judy,

While it is possible to adjust the width of the scrollbar in Windows 10, it requires that you go in and edit the registry.

This is not something that I recommend for the average user. If you change the wrong settings in the registry, your computer will not operate correctly, or might not even start at all.

Previous versions of Windows had settings for the scroll bar width in the control panel, but this is not something that Microsoft included in Windows 10.

There is, however, a small, free program for windows called, Winaero Tweaker which will work in all versions of Windows and allow you to adjust the width of your scrollbars.

You can download Winaero Tweaker at www.winaero.com be careful when you download it, all the real download links are just a line of text that says, “Download Winaero Tweaker”. All the big green download buttons are advertisements.

Once you download the single zipped file, you will need to extract the files, then double-click to run winaerotweaker.exe. Nothing is installed on your computer, instead, it is just an interface for making changes.

In the Winaero window, find the “Advanced Appearance Settings” in the left navigation pane and click on “Scrollbars”.

Then, simply move the slider in the right pane until the scrollbars are set at the width you want. Click “Apply Changes”, then restart your computer in order for the changes to take effect.

Elizabeth

 

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