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Overlay scrollbar flags return to Microsoft Edge due to Insider demand [Updated]

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Microsoft Edge Update Dev New (Image credit: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Overlay scrollbar flags have returned.
  • Only Edge Canary and Dev will have it, for now.
  • It's been brought back due to popular demand.
  • Edge Canary v 95.0.1000.0 now has this as a "Flag" to enable

Update August 30, 2021 at 3:55 p.m. ET: Microsoft has updated Edge Canary to build 95.0.1000.0 and with it an actual "flag" that can be enabled instead of using the command-line method. Under "edge://flags/" users can search for and enable "Windows style overlay scrollbars." Upon restarting the browser, the new hover/animation feature and more modern scrollbars will be implemented. You can see the flag below:

Source: Windows Central (Image credit: Source: Windows Central)

Miss the overlay scrollbar flags in Edge and want your ideal scrolling experience back? Well, Microsoft has heard you. Scrollbar flags are officially back, as long as you're on Edge Canary or Dev, versions 94.0.987.0 and up.

Here are the steps Microsoft has provided for bringing overlay scrollbar flags to your Edge experience:

You can see these changes by launching the browser via command line or the Run program in Windows. Before you do, be sure you close out all instances and channels of Edge. Once you've done that, to test this in Canary, open Command Prompt or Run, and type in (quotes included, and no spaces after the commas in --enable-features) "%LOCALAPPDATA%\Microsoft\Edge SxS\Application\msedge.exe" --enable-features=OverlayScrollbar, OverlayScrollbarWinStyle, OverlayScrollbarWinStyleAnimation and hit Enter or Run to open Edge with these flags enabled.

In the same announcement blurb where the steps were posted, Microsoft gave a bit of context, mentioning that overlay scrollbar flags have been brought back due to Insider demand.

Here's the feature in action, for those of you thinking of enabling it:

There's no word yet on whether this feature will be coming to standard Edge anytime soon, so either wait and see what happens or dive into the experimental realms of Canary and Dev to enjoy the feature alongside whatever other new things Microsoft cooks up.

Thanks, Leonardo V., for the tip!

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9 Comments
  • Doesn't work for me.
  • I can't seem to make it work here either :(
  • Can somebody post a screenshot or explain what this feature is?
  • A GIF is now in the main post. Basically, it gives more screen real estate by putting a less obnoxious scrollbar in Edge.
  • Ah. I thought this was gonna be rubberband scrolling (overscrolling). That was also added to Edge recently but I wish it would be tweaked to feel more Windows native like UWP/WinUI
  • I kinda made it work in Dev, but it looks weird and on restart turn back to old ugly scrollers.
  • I'm confused. I was told they don't listen to feedback.
  • I don't think it works for me.
  • Strangely it doesn't work for all sites, for example, it works for Neowin but not for Windows central. I guess it depends on how the scrollbar was implemented.