How to remove Word's scroll bars and enable AutoScroll

Susan Harkins shows you how to remove the scroll bars in Word and then how to enable the AutoScroll feature.

Word displays a horizontal and vertical scroll bar by default. I can't imagine removing them, but I recently ran into someone who wanted to do just that. Once I removed the scroll bars, I showed him Word's AutoScroll feature - another feature that I don't use, but he loved it. It occurred to me that others might want to know about these two scrolling features. They won't be for every one of course, but it does help to know these things are available, especially if you support a large number of users with varying needs.

Word 2003

Word 2007 and 2010

  1. Choose Options from the Tools menu.
  2. Click the View tab.
  3. In the Show section, uncheck the Horizontal Scroll Bar and Vertical Scroll Bar options or just one - you don't have to turn the both off).
  4. Click OK.

  1. Click the File tab and choose Options (under Help) in the left pane. In Word 2007, click the Office button and then click Word Options.
  2. Select Advanced in the left pane.
  3. In the Display section, uncheck the Show Horizontal Scroll Bar and Show Vertical Scroll Bar options (or just one - you don't have to turn the both off).
  4. Click OK.

This is an application-level change. Your scroll bars will be gone until you turn them back on - they won't disappear just for the current document. A word of warning: you'll also lose the Select Browse Object at the bottom of the vertical scroll bar. That's the small circle with double arrows above and below. Using this neat tool, you can quickly browse your document using different parts of the document, such as pages, tables, sections, and so on. (I would miss this handy tool!) Enabling AutoScroll

Once you disable the scroll bars, you might benefit from enabling AutoScroll - actually, you might like this feature even with your scroll bars, especially if you're working in a large document. This feature lets you scroll through a large document fast! To enable AutoScroll, do the following:

Word 2003

Word 2007 and 2010

  1. Right-click any toolbar and choose Customize.
  2. Click the Commands tab.
  3. In the Categories list, select All Commands.
  4. From the Commands list, drag AutoScroll to any toolbar.
  5. Click Close.

  1. Click the Quick Access Toolbar (QAT) dropdown.
  2. Choose More Commands.
  3. In the Choose Commands From dropdown, select Commands Not In Ribbon.
  4. Double-click AutoScroll (or select and click Add) to update the list to the right.
  5. Click OK.

To use AutoScroll, just click the new icon on the toolbar or in the QAT. Doing so will display a small circle with a triangle above and below in your document - this is the AutoScroll indicator. When you see this small icon, drag the mouse up or down just a smidgen and Word will respond by zooming through your documents pages. Press [Esc] or click the icon again to disable the feature.