macOS Big Sur: Permanently show scroll bar and remove transparencies

Too much candy look and transparency in macOS Big Sur? So you can customize it.

There are some people who find macOS Big Sur really bad when it comes to looks. I've got used to the candy colors by now and I can also put up with the new icons and other changes to the design.

But what really annoys me are the scroll bars that only appear when you scroll. I think it was in previous systems and I turned it off, but switching to Big Sur must have put the option back to "Standard".

Many other people get upset about the menu bar, which can be difficult to see due to the transparency. We used to have a gray bar with the small icons of the individual menulets in it.

Not all Mac users like the bright colors of macOS Big Sur. I think they're pretty nice now.

Not all Mac users like the bright colors of macOS Big Sur. I think they're pretty nice now.

Adjustments with TinkerTool

Fortunately, there are many options to adapt the look of macOS Big Sur to your own taste. Some things work with the system settings, but if you want to make more changes, you can use the program "TinkerTool“Look about that i here. have already reported. A current version for macOS Big Sur is already available.

Always show the scroll bar

The hidden scroll bars are my top excitement at Big Sur. Fortunately, these can be shown permanently in this way very easily:

System settings> General> Show scrollbar: Always

The scroll bars can also be permanently displayed in the system settings - just as it used to be. Everything was better there, wasn't it?!? ;-)

The scroll bars can also be permanently displayed in the system settings - just as it used to be. Everything was better there, wasn't it?!? ;-)

Turn off transparencies

Another point that is often chalked up is the many transparencies that can be found in Finder windows as well as in the menu bar or in hint windows.

Fortunately, there is also the possibility here to fix the matter via the system settings. To do this, you choose this way:

System Preferences> Accessibility> Display> Display> Reduce Transparency

If you check this option, the transparent areas are exchanged for full-colored areas in many places and you get black text in the menu bar again, which is also a wish of many Mac users.

Update: Allow coloring of the background

My reader Beatrix (thank you!) Gave me the hint that you can also get rid of the transparency with another option without deactivating it completely. To do this, you choose this way:

System settings> General> "Allow background coloring in windows"
By deactivating transparencies, many areas of macOS can be seen much more clearly again.

By deactivating transparencies, many areas of macOS can be seen much more clearly again.

 

The menu bar, for example, is once again a single-color gray with clearly recognizable font and matching icons.

The menu bar, for example, is once again a single-color gray with clearly recognizable font and matching icons.

I found two other apps that allow you to customize the look. I haven't tried either of these, but I would like to briefly mention them anyway:

What adjustments do you want?

Are there any other things on your part that you would like to have changed at Big Sur? I heard from a reader that they would like to change the colorful background in the login window. But I couldn't find a way here yet. There are some instructions on the net, but none has worked.

Perhaps you still have wishes or tips?

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4 comments

  1. Beatrice Willius says:

    I don't understand what Apple is doing with the transparent window. The transparency has no function. It's just really annoying

    Under System Settings -> General there is "Allow coloring of the background in windows". That is enough to get rid of the transparency.

    I would like the sounds of Catalina and earlier again. All sounds in BS sound wrong.

  2. Froyo52 says:

    Nothing at all bothers me about macOS 11.1. The dock is on my left because I work with a 43 ″ monitor from DELL and can therefore use the full height of the screen.

    • Jen Kleinholz says:

      Hello Froyo52! 43 inches ?! Wow ... I thought my 37 inches were already big, but 43 inches is half a big screen. : D

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