Show or hide scroll bars in Office for Mac

You can configure Office for Mac to show or hide the vertical or horizontal scroll bars. In Office 2016 for Mac, you configure these settings in Mac System Preferences, while in Office for Mac 2011, you configure the settings in the individual app.

By default, when you move your cursor near the edge of a document, workbook, notebook, or slide, horizontal and vertical cursors appear so that you can scroll through the contents. However, if you prefer to have scroll bars always visible, you can turn them on so that they show up in all programs.

Change when scroll bars are visible in all applications

Note: When you change scroll bar settings, it changes them for every application on your Mac, not just Office.

  1. On the Apple menu, select System Preferences.

  2. Select General.

  3. In the Show scroll bars section, select the option you want.

Word

You can drag the vertical scroll bar up and down to see parts of a document that are currently not visible. You can also drag the horizontal scroll bar left and right. Or, you can hide scroll bars if you want to display more of the document. By default, the horizontal and vertical scroll bars are shown. The setting applies to all new Word documents.

Do any of the following:

Show or hide the vertical scroll bar

  1. On the Word menu, click Preferences.

  2. Under Authoring and Proofing Tools, click View  View Preferences button .

  3. Under Window, select or clear the Vertical scroll bar check box.

Show or hide the horizontal scroll bar

  1. On the Word menu, click Preferences.

  2. Under Authoring and Proofing Tools, click View  View Preferences button .

  3. Under Window, select or clear the Horizontal scroll bar check box.

See also

Customize the Ribbon and toolbars

Excel

You can drag the vertical scroll bar up and down to see parts of a document that are currently not visible. You can also drag the horizontal scroll bar left and right. Or, you can hide scroll bars if you want to display more of the document. By default, the horizontal and vertical scroll bars are shown. The setting applies to the current workbook but not to new workbooks.

Do any of the following:

Show or hide the vertical scroll bar

  1. On the Excel menu, click Preferences.

  2. Under Authoring, click View  View Preferences button .

  3. Under Window options, select or clear the Show vertical scroll bar check box.

Show or hide the horizontal scroll bar

  1. On the Excel menu, click Preferences.

  2. Under Authoring, click View  View Preferences button .

  3. Under Window options, select or clear the Show horizontal scroll bar check box.

See also

Customize the Ribbon and toolbars

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