If there is a way. I know iTerm2 has it.

  • Setting scrollback to 0 lines doesn't help, just no thumb.
    – Daniel Beck
    May 6, 2011 at 12:23
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    If program A has a feature, it does not mean program B automatically has the same feature too. It has to be added by someone. (And Apple tries its best to avoid explosion of customization options.)
    – user1686
    May 6, 2011 at 18:38
  • Rxvt has printf '\e[?30l'; it might work in other terminals.
    – user1686
    May 6, 2011 at 18:40
  • @grawity Doesn't. I also assume that Apple would put that in the preferences if they added that feature.
    – Daniel Beck
    May 8, 2011 at 9:09
  • This hint worked until Mac OS X 10.4.x but not anymore.
    – Daniel Beck
    May 8, 2011 at 9:13

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Go to System Preferences -> General and change Show scroll bars to When scrolling.

  • Thank you. It's a bit weird to set a system-wide setting that affects all programs, but perhaps that's behavior I can get used to. Aug 18, 2020 at 18:52

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