How to Use a Window Scroll Bar in Windows 10 - dummies

How to Use a Window Scroll Bar in Windows 10

By Andy Rathbone

The Windows 10 scroll bar, which resembles a cutaway of an elevator shaft, rests along the edge of all overstuffed windows. You can even find a scroll bar along the side of an extra-long Start menu.

Inside the shaft, a little elevator (technically, the scroll box) rides along as you move through the window’s contents. In fact, by glancing at the box’s position in the scroll bar, you can tell whether you’re viewing items in the window’s beginning, middle, or end.

A horizontal and vertical scroll bar.
A horizontal and vertical scroll bar.

By clicking in various places on the scroll bar, you can quickly view different parts of things. Here’s the dirt:

  • Click inside the scroll bar in the direction you want to view. On a vertical scroll bar, for example, click above the scroll box to move your view up one page. Similarly, click below the scroll box to move your view down a page.

  • The Start menu’s extreme right edge is a difficult-to-see scroll bar, but it appears when the mouse pointer is nearby. Slide the scroll bar’s box downward to view any shy apps hiding below the screen’s bottom edge.

  • Don’t see a scroll bar or a box in the bar? Then you’re already seeing all that the window has to offer; there’s nothing to scroll.

  • To move around in a hurry, drag the scroll box inside the scroll bar. As you drag, you see the window’s contents race past. When you see the spot you want, let go of the mouse button to stay at that viewing position.


  • Are you using a mouse that has a little wheel embedded in the poor critter’s back? Spin the wheel, and the elevator moves quickly inside the scroll bar, shifting your view accordingly. It’s a handy way to explore a tile-packed Start menu, long documents, and file-filled folders.