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December 28, 2005

MS Word vertical scroll bar disappeared

My vertical scroll bar disappeared from MS Word some time ago. Let's say in the summer. It bugged me, but I couldn't figure it out. Tonight, it bothered me enough that I solved it. I found this post which pointed in the general direction.

In a nutshell, if your vertical scroll disappears for no apparent reason, what you want to do is go to Tools - Options - View - Show and click the checkbox next to Vertical scroll bar. For whatever reason, this box gets unchecked every so often. Thanks, Microsoft. Thanks for that.

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Posted by Peenie Wallie on December 28, 2005 at 05:45 PM


thanks buddy ,,,,,

a gooood one

Posted by: sandeep on March 31, 2006 at 03:30 AM

Thanks alot! This tip really helped me out!

Posted by: JulieC on June 28, 2006 at 01:41 AM

Yeah it's been buggin me for ages. Thanks heaps, worked like a treat!

Posted by: Jacki on November 14, 2006 at 10:33 PM

same here. word has so many options customizable.

Posted by: Paras Tolani on May 02, 2007 at 12:25 AM

Thanks, I nearly got really mad, I couldn't figure out why the status bar and scroll bars had disappeared for no apparent reason. I can't work without them. If I open a new document, I need to know how many pages it has!

Posted by: Birgit on July 05, 2007 at 10:14 AM

Many many thanks
Mocosoft mysterious ways....

Posted by: Daniel on August 30, 2007 at 08:14 PM


Posted by: Ed on September 26, 2007 at 03:29 PM

Thanks so much. My status bar disappeared 6 months ago and my vertical scroll only today. Both back now! Thanks!

Posted by: PatrickM on October 08, 2007 at 12:23 PM

can anyone tell me where is this option in the office 2007? (I need the scroll bar and I cant find it in office2007!!!)

Posted by: rana on January 17, 2008 at 01:56 AM


And BTW, this works in Word: Mac 2008... the vertical/horizontal scroll bar check boxes are located in Preferences/Authoring and Proofing Tools/View.

Posted by: disco d on March 11, 2008 at 01:25 PM

2 years later and still useful. Thanks!

Posted by: Paul on March 30, 2008 at 09:41 PM

Billions in Profits and a goddamn check mark dislodges itself causing frustration to the limits.

Good one Billy Gates.

If your product had integrity and quality you wouldn't be the brunt of many anti-trust suits.

You can't spend 70 billion dollars so why try to get that much through deception and fraud - you know where you got the OS from in the first place - any knowledgable tech person does - don't get me started on Apple. Pirates !! All of you!

Posted by: asd on April 03, 2008 at 11:59 AM

In Word 2008 you can click on the Microsoft Icon, then 'word options' then 'advanced' then under the display section select 'show vertical bars.'

Posted by: Goran Matic on May 05, 2008 at 07:29 PM

Uff, thanks a lot. I thought I will need work without scrollbars for the rest of my life!!

Posted by: Rok on May 08, 2008 at 01:55 AM

Great tip.

Posted by: sreenivasulu on May 18, 2008 at 10:48 PM

i have word for mac 2008 and you solved my scrollbar pro lem .
I have 2 equally frustrating issues:

1)My big issue right now is that when word opens, the formatting and standard toolbars are not showns. They are, however clicked. To show them, I have to click them off and then click them on again. You can imagine this.... Does anyone know how to fix this?

2)When I open word and go to file, I used to get the options "open" and "open recent" Now I don't see open recent. This is my cry for help.

Posted by: Leslie on August 04, 2008 at 04:54 PM

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