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How to increase the width of Windows 11 scrollbars

To widen the width of the scrollbars in Windows 11, set “Always show scrollbars” to “On” in Visual Effects of Accessibility in Settings. You can freely change the size of the “width and height” of the scroll bar by changing the registry value. This page introduces how to resize the width and height of the scrollbar.

Always show and widen scrollbars
The Windows 11 scroll bar is a specification that displays the scroll bar in the necessary situation and widens when the mouse is moved. You can always widen the width of the taskbar by setting to always display the scrollbar from the accessibility (easy operation) settings. 1. Click the “Start Button” and click “Settings” in the Start Menu.
 2. Click “Accessibility” in the setting item.
 3. Click Visual Effects on the Accessibility Settings screen.
 4. Click the ” Always show scrollbars ” switch button to turn it ” on ” and the width of the scrollbars will increase.

Make the scrollbar wider

If you always widen the scrollbar width with ” Always show the scrollbar “, the scrollbar will always be displayed instead of normally showing only when necessary. If you don’t want the scrollbar to appear all the time and want the scrollbar to be wider , you can customize the size of the scrollbar in the item “Resize the width and height of the scrollbar”.

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Resize scrollbar width and height

Even if you increase the width of the scrollbar from the settings, it will not be the previous width such as Windows10. You can edit the registry to make the scrollbar wider. 

Resize the width of the scrollbar

To change the size of the scrollbar width or height, open the Registry Editor and change the Desktop Scrollbar Size value. 1. Open Registry Editor

  • Press “Windows” and “R” on your keyboard.
  • When Run opens, type regedit in the text box and click OK.
  • Click Yes when the User Account Control warning appears.
  • “Run” can also be opened from Start.
Incorrectly editing the registry may prevent Windows 11 from working properly.
If you are unsure of what to do, make a backup before editing the registry before doing anything else.

2. Go to the registry key to change the size of the scrollbar Expand WindowMetrics
in the following order .

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER
  • Control Panel
  • Desktop
  • WindowMetrics

Values ​​to resize scrollbars in WindowMetrics

  • ScrollWidth scrollbar width
  • ScrollHeight scrollbar height

WindowMetrics also contains values ​​for the spacing of desktop icons.
How to change icon spacing on Windows 11 desktop
3. Change the size of the scroll bar width
3-1. Double-click ScrollWidth to display “Edit String”.
3-2. Enter the size in “Value data” and click “OK”. How to determine the size is explained in the box below.

Points to resize the scrollbar

  • The formula for setting the size of the scrollbar is specified as -15 multiplied by the size in pixels.
    Example: -15 X 17 = -255
  • The scrollbar size change has a minimum value of ” -120 ” and a maximum value of ” -1500 “. ” -255 ” is the default value.
  • The previous Windows scrollbar size is about ” -330 “, so if you don’t know it, you can change it to this number.

4. Even if the size of the scroll bar width is changed, the change of the scroll bar width will not be reflected until the PC is restarted. If you also want to change the height of the scrollbar below, restart your PC after changing the width and height values ​​and you’re done.

Resize scrollbar height

The scrollbar height is the height of the bar inside the scrollbox . However, the height may not change depending on the display status of the scrollbar.
 1. Double-click ScrollHeight to display “Edit String”.
2. Enter the size in “Value data” and click “OK”. How to determine the size is explained in the box below.

Points to change the height of the scrollbar

  • The formula for setting the size of the scrollbar is the same as for resizing the scrollbar above .
  • The scrollbar height defaults to ” -255 “, just like the width. 
  • If you set a large number ” -120 “, the height of the scrollbar will be reduced. The illustration of the height of the bar is “-120”.

3. Reboot your PC to finish changing the scrollbar size.

Tips Visual effects:
How to disable the animation of windows and menus, which is also related to visual effects, is introduced on the following page.

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