Workaround for Having No Scrollbar Arrows in Mac OS X
Although you can set scrollbars to always display in windows, there is no option to show the actual scrollbar arrows anymore in Mac OS X. A simple workaround to get used to this is to start using the keyboards up and down arrow keys instead:
- Click into the window or region of an app or webpage you want to scroll in
- Hit the Up ⬆ or Down ⬇ arrows on the keyboard, one press is roughly equivalent to a single click on a scrollbar arrow button
It’s not a perfect solution, but for Lion users who haven’t yet become accustomed to using a scrollwheel or trackpad with gestures almost exclusively, the arrow keys serve as a tolerable workaround.
If you do choose to have the scrollbars show all the time, you can also click directly above and below the scrollbar itself, although this will result in more dramatic jumps in content.
Ideally users will just adopt to the new scrolling standard that started with touch screens on the iPhone and iPad and has since made it’s way to the Mac platform with trackpads and the Magic Mouse. It may be hard to break old habits, but it’s unlikely we’ll be seeing scrollbar arrows and buttons again on either of Apple’s OS choices. Thus far, this persists throughout OS X from Lion into Mavericks.