Long-term Mac users were used to the Scroll Bar MacBooks had, until the ‘Lion’ update was introduced by Apple.
With Mac OS X ‘Lion’, the scroll bar was removed from the Mac look, and users were furious since they were left with their touchpad as the only resource to scroll up and down.
However, a common misconception is that the scroll bar was removed completely, and it cannot be found anymore to be activated.
Fortunately, this is false, and the scroll bar can be brought back and activated on any MacBook with a few simple steps that will make your scrolling time easier!
When the removal of the scroll bar was announced, this was probably due to the fact that all other Apple gadgets - iPhones and iPads don’t have a scroll bar, and they broke records with the number of units sold.
Hence, Apple opted to remove them on the MacBooks as well.
Therefore, if you’re a long-term Mac user, and you miss the old scroll bar, but you don’t know how to bring them back, you’re in the right place.
In this guide, we’ll show you how to get them back in a few simple clicks.
As we mentioned, the Scroll Bar is a feature that is currently disabled by default on all MacBooks. However, you can get your up and down arrow keys from your laptops’ System Preferences.
To change the scrolling option, follow these steps:
Additional note: If what you’re looking for is the old type of scroll bar, as it were before the ‘Lion’ OS, you should select the ‘Always’ option.
Activating this feature only requires a few simple clicks and steps, and you can activate it by clicking on the Apple logo > System Preferences > General > ‘Show Scroll Bar’ > Always.
If the ‘Scroll Lock’ is activated, clicking once on either the ‘Up’ arrow, or the ‘Down’ arrow, will move your page one row down or up.
If the ‘Scroll Lock’ is not activated, the scroll arrows will function similarly to when you’re using the touchpad or a mouse.
On a Mac Computer, to disable the ‘Scroll Lock’ feature, press F14 or Shift + F14. Another method to turn it off if this one doesn’t work, is by clicking Command + F14.
On a MacBook, you’ll need to press ‘Fn’, ‘Shift’, and the ‘F12’ buttons at the same time.