Microsoft Edge to get new scrollbars on Windows 11 and Windows 10

Microsoft Edge scrollbar for Windows 11

Ahead of Windows 11’s October 2021 release, Microsoft has been
trying to address the design consistency issues. As part of the
visual revamp, Microsoft is testing Windows 11-inspired look
for several core apps, such as Chromium-based Edge, Microsoft
Teams, Snipping Tool, MS Paint, and more.

There is some good news for Microsoft Edge users on Windows 10
and Windows 11: Microsoft is planning to switch to a new
scrollbar design called “overlay scrollbars”. This new design
will match the look and feel of Windows 11 apps, such as File
Explorer and Settings.

To try the new Edge Canary scrollbars, you need to be running
the Canary build of Edge. As you’re probably aware, Edge
canary receives updates on a daily basis and updated scrollbars
are included in today’s update. If you don’t have access to the
new scrollbars, make sure Edge Canary is up-to-date.

Microsoft Edge scrollbar
Before and After

If you’re not familiar with the Edge Insider program, you can
sign up on Microsoft’s website.

You can follow these steps to force enable overlay scrollbars:

  1. Head to Edge’s flags menu.
  2. Search for Overlay scrollbars.
  3. Select the flag and make sure it’s enabled.

If the flag is not visible in the flags menu, you can try these
steps:

  • Open Command Prompt.
  • Enter the following command.
  • “%LOCALAPPDATA%MicrosoftEdge SxSApplicationmsedge.exe”
    –enable-features=OverlayScrollbar, OverlayScrollbarWinStyle,
    OverlayScrollbarWinStyleAnimation

In an update to the roadmap page, Microsoft confirmed that
overlay scrollbar flags have been restored due to Insider
demand.

Other improvements coming to Edge for Windows 11

On Windows 11,
Microsoft has a flag called “Enable Windows 11 Visual Updates”
to Edge Canary and it lets users enable Windows 11’s Mica
theme for the title bar. The title bar icons for minimizing,
maximize, and close are also aligned in the middle which brings
the browser in line with the design seen in Windows 11.

The flag also enables Fluent Design’s acrylic effect for
various context and browser menus including the main menu. The
other UI changes include brighter texts and improved font size,
and rounded corners are now visible when users hover over
various browser items.

This UI refresh is not a major one, but it’s possible that
Microsoft could introduce further visual updates to Edge and
ultimately it will also benefit Windows 10 users.

In addition to UI improvements,
Chromium-based Edge is also expected to get new PDF
features, support for improved sleeping tabs, immersive
reader improvements, and more.

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