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Apparently some recent update made the horizontal scrollbar "auto-hide".
So first you have to mouse-hover near it. But then the "resize window" up/down arrow shows up. It appears there is about a 2 pixel high region near the top of the horizontal scrollbar that is actually useable.
I remember when these hidden scrollbars showed up in Ubuntu. Pretty much the reason I ditched Ubuntu. Such a time waster. Move mouse, hover, wait, click, oops, moved mouse when clicked, repeat.
Or just resize your window across three monitors: when your editor is 5000 pixels wide, you won't need a scroll bar.
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Why don't you just disable the scrollbar auto-hide? Or am I missing something?
Googling exactly that, it doesn't seem possible. The most recent post I found talks about making it taller and a different color, but being able to always show it is one of those features people want but nobody has implemented.
I was so going to rant about this a few months ago when I started using VSC (Visual Studio Code).
You explain the problem exactly. It takes a moment for it to appear and in that moment you click the edge of the window!!!!
It's so annoying!!!
XEROX PARC established visible scroll bars whenever the display area was larger than the window. This is a great visual that there's more information than can be displayed. Whoever decided it was a good idea to change this design is an idiot.