Finder columns appears differently sometimes

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by MacMan988, May 11, 2013.

  1. MacMan988 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 7, 2012
    Hi, I have been noticing that when I open finder window, sometimes i get to see a "thicker" column and sometimes a small line as the column. Please look at the screenshots below.



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    Any ideas?
  2. HexMonkey Administrator


    Staff Member

    Feb 5, 2004
    New Zealand
    The default behaviour in recent versions of OS X is to only display the scrollbar in certain circumstances based on the connected devices and what you are doing. For example, scrollbars are always visible when my USB mouse is connected, but are hidden when it's disconnected and I can only use the trackpad. In your screenshots, each column is quite short and no scrolling is possible, so the visible scrollbar just manifests as a thicker separator rather than a usable scrollbar.

    You can change this behaviour in the General pane of System Preferences. The "Show scroll bars" option defaults to "Automatically based on mouse or trackpad" but can be set to always hide (except when scrolling) or always show.
  3. MacMan988 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 7, 2012
    Thanks for the information. I totally didn't have an idea about that part of the System Preferences
  4. andsaito macrumors newbie

    Jan 23, 2014
    Had the same issue here. Kudos to HexMonkey, it's exactly that - when "Show scroll bars" option is set to "Automatically based on mouse or trackpad", dividers are thicker when a mouse is connected, and thinner when disconnected.
  5. kevnk macrumors newbie


    Oct 15, 2015
    System Settings > General > Show Scroll Bars > "When Scrolling" gave back my skinny divider lines in Finder even when my USB mouse was connected. Kudos to @HexMonkey
  6. roccitman macrumors newbie

    Mar 9, 2011

    Wow, I seriously have been thinking I'm seeing things. Wasn't the scrollbars this other way just a second ago? Dang. Thank you!

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