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Old 11-25-2021, 12:42 AM
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I usually use Word 2003, but ocassionally I need to use Word 365 (on the same computer). I compare long documents against each other visually. In Word 365, the scroll bar disappears when the mouse is not over Word, and the scroll bar is hidden when the Word window does not have the focus. This disappearance act serves no functional purpose, so I'm not sure why Microsoft chose to implement it. Word 2003 doesn't have this problem.

This is an issue because it means I can't see my relative position in a file unless I click inside the window, which is a bit of a productivity killer.

Do you know of a way to force Word to always show the scroll bar, even if the mouse is not over the window and even if the window does not have the focus? Even a registry fix would be welcome :-)

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Old 11-25-2021, 04:52 AM
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I'm not familiar with Word 365 but in Word 2019 the vertical scroll bar can be enabled: -
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Old 11-25-2021, 05:48 AM
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Thanks. Word 365 is the subscription-based Word that gets you all the latest updates, so it's the same as the most recent version. Enabling the scrollbar like in your screenshot does not help, unfortunately -- the scrollbar still disappears as soon as I move my mouse away from the window or click in another window. Does the scrollbar stay, for you?
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Old 11-25-2021, 05:52 AM
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How to make scroll bar permanently visible, Word 365?

AFAIK the scroll bars will fade out when no 'activity' is detected after a predetermined time. This is by design.
If you are comparing different documents side by side, try clicking above the 'Ribbon' to say re-focus the cursor at its last 'blinking' position and to re-show (un-hide) the scroll bars.
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Old 11-25-2021, 06:11 AM
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Yes, I was afraid of that. It is "by design", though I can still dream of a registry fix. Office is the only program on my computer that does this, though. Is this a common feature in some other modern programs?

Curiously (and fortunately), I can still use the scroll wheel of my mouse even on the Word window that doesn't have the focus, but then I have no idea where I am in the document because I can't see the scroll bar.
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Old 11-25-2021, 06:11 AM
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Yes, scroll bars stay in place for my Office 2019 but only if part of the page is off-screen due to %ge magnification or there is more than one page. If there is only one page and I zoom out to see the whole page then the scroll bars vanish but this will not happen if there is more than one page. This is logical because if I can see the whole page then no scrolling is needed.
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Old 11-25-2021, 06:36 AM
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See graphic in my post #2
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