How to change vertical scroll bar size in an excel spreadsheet

Written by dustin thornton
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Like many programs, Excel has a vertical scroll bar on the right side of the program window that allows you to scroll down and view cells currently not displayed on the page. If you find the scroll bar too small or too large, you can change the size of the bar by editing the scroll bar setting in Windows using the Window Color and Appearance options.

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  1. 1

    Minimise any open windows. Right-click an empty area on the computer desktop and select "Personalize." A new window will appear.

  2. 2

    Click the "Windows Color" link at the bottom of the window. Click "Advanced appearance settings." The Window Color and Appearance window will appear.

  3. 3

    Click the "Item" drop-down menu and select "Scrollbar."

  4. 4

    Click the up or down arrow in the "Size" box to increase or decrease the size of the vertical scroll bar in Windows, which increases or decreases the size of the scroll bar in Excel as well.

  5. 5

    Click the "OK" button to save the settings and close the window. Launch Excel on the computer to view the changes to the vertical scroll bar.

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