I have my window in full screen and I want to scroll. In Windows, I would just move the mouse all the way to the right side of the screen where the scroll bar is. Then I would click down and scroll. But for Mac, instead of being able to scroll, it shows the drag/resize window cursor and if I press down and move it, it resizes the window.

Is there any way to make it so that I can just scroll the window instead of resizing it?

I'm using BetterTouchTool if there is no built in function and it would help with anything.

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Don't click, just scroll.

Mac will scroll any window the cursor is over, whether it's foregrounded or not. You don't even need the cursor to be over the scroll-bar, just anywhere in that window.

The only exception to this is if your cursor is inside any specifically scrollable area within the window, such as the following example - this will override the main window scroll & scroll that specific area instead.

random kernel panic data copied from another Ask Different question

panic(cpu 3 caller 0xffffff802cf70d0d): "a freed zone element has been modified in zone kalloc.128: expected 0xffffff8069109580 but found 0xffffff8069119580, bits changed 0x10000, at offset 0 of 128 in element 0xffffff80620cff80, cookies 0x3f00118b7d7cb634 0x5352144d41da7e3"@/SourceCache/xnu/xnu-2782.10.72/osfmk/kern/zalloc.c:496
Backtrace (CPU 3), Frame : Return Address
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0xffffff8215e2bc00 : 0xffffff802d15d143 
0xffffff8215e2bf20 : 0xffffff802d1523fa 
0xffffff8215e2bf50 : 0xffffff802d44b386 
0xffffff8215e2bfb0 : 0xffffff802d036e86 

BSD process name corresponding to current thread: icbaccountsd

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  • 1
    Yes I know that, it’s a good feature Mac has. But I’m used to loving my mouse all the way to the right of the screen/window where the scroll bar is, clicking it, and then moving it down or up to scroll up or down but only realizing that I’m resizing the window. It gets pretty annoying
    – Edward
    Jun 17, 2018 at 13:53
  • 1
    ...then learn not to:) Windows has the most irritating scroll behaviour ever. Once you get used to this way, you'll wonder how you ever managed before. If you do want to click in the scroll-bar, that's possible too, just don't go for the very edge of the window, keep in the scroll area itself... & don't use the scroll; the thumb will move to where you click [or down one page, depending on your prefs setup.]
    – Tetsujin
    Jun 17, 2018 at 14:00
  • BTW, I can't repro your issue in fullscreen. I can if the window is maximised, as that is still 'windowed' but in 'real fullscreen' it doesn't happen. Another way to scroll by one page [in things like web browsers, not in anything with an active text area] is to tap the Spacebar.
    – Tetsujin
    Jun 17, 2018 at 14:02
  • 1
    Sorry my mistake, not real full screen. I was talking about just the whole window spanning across the screen left to right
    – Edward
    Jun 17, 2018 at 14:03

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