As I’ve told you before, I’m new to the Mac operating system. I purchased a Mac Airbook in order to use one specific program (Vellum, an ebook generating software that I absolutely love) and I kinda, sorta, maybe hate it with all of my heart.

I know that it’s just a kneejerk reaction to something I’m not familiar with. I’m familiar with Windows (I literally wrote the book on it).

One of my main complaints was the magically disappearing scrollbar.  While attempting to locate something in the Finder, no scrollbar was visible. Sometimes when the mouse pointer got to a certain spot, one would pop up, but not always. I just couldn’t figure out how to get a scrollbar where I needed one to be. Fortunately, I figured it out.

Here’s the Finder with no scrollbar.

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To see one, I need to click the Apple icon at the top-left and choose System Preferences from the drop-down menu.

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Select General.

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Next to Show scroll bars, you’ll see the options to show automatically based on mouse or trackpad movement, only when scrolling, or always.

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For me, the first two options just don’t work well. I chose Always.

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Now the scrollbar is visible and I am happy!

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I’m beginning to figure out that System Preferences is a great place to start when looking for solutions.