Mac OS: Dictionary App Loses Scroll Bar When Viewing Wikipedia Articles

by Eric Pena on May 25, 2010

You don’t know the real value of something until you lose it.

If you use the in Mac as much as I do, then you’re sure to notice something’s wrong with it. The scroll bar isn’t displayed on the right-side of the Dictionary window when viewing Wikipedia articles. I noticed this a few days ago and I thought the program got corrupted somehow. Well, there’s nothing wrong with the app. rolled out new features recently that somehow screwed up the integration with the Dictionary application in Mac. So the solution is to turn-off the new features in

Step 1.
Close the Dictionary application.
Open the Safari Browser (may not work with other browsers).
Go to the main page.

Step 2.
Log in to your account (create a new account if you don’t have one).
Check the option Remember me (up to 30 days)

Step 3. Click on New features at the top of the page.

Step 4. Turn off the new features by scrolling to the bottom of the page to where it says Turn me back!.

Step 5. Click the Turn new features off button.

Step 6. Open the The scroll-bar should now be visible when viewing Wikipedia articles.

Note: If somehow your Safari’s cache gets deleted or your login details expire, you may need to do this all over again.

Now imagine you lost everything you have–and got them all back again!

Lesson: Be happy with what you have.

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1 lobstr May 29, 2010 at 1:18 am


2 Mtnmike May 31, 2010 at 1:20 pm

Interesting article but the fix did not work for me.

Mac OS 10.6.3

3 bookluva4eva May 31, 2010 at 7:48 pm

thanks, it worked.

4 sadbuttrue June 3, 2010 at 7:37 pm

Didn't work for me, either.

5 jon June 7, 2010 at 5:52 am

worked perfect! Thank you

6 Fixed June 15, 2010 at 2:09 am

Thanks for the fix!

7 Arman samimi June 15, 2010 at 11:48 am

Worked on 10.6.3 and Safari 5!
You saved me big trouble.
Thanks a million.
(Don't forget to mention the problem in “Take me Back” page at Wikipedia + Mac OS X feedback page at

8 sh0rdii June 16, 2010 at 4:05 pm

it didnt work…….. ><. i miss wiki………

9 sh0rdii June 16, 2010 at 4:16 pm

nono!! it works it works!! :D.. have to remember for 30 days!!… or else it didnt work for me! or maybe it was because of the million times i exited and then entered back into hahah.. thanks heaps man!! :D youre a legend. :)

10 Madhavi Ghare June 24, 2010 at 8:04 pm

This works!

11 freakqnc June 25, 2010 at 7:47 am

Not working 10.6.3 or at least not functional. I have my scroll bar showing when I shrink the disctionary app window but the scrolling handle is not proportional to the content to be displayed which gets ignored. The only way to scroll don is actually to select the text in the window and drag the mouse up or down until you can read more content… what a hack and what a piece of crap app… another of the new sub-par Apple work failing because they let it fall off the radar, less iPads more quality please… they don't make apples like they used to ;D

12 Guest June 26, 2010 at 5:40 pm

Didn't work for me until I used Safari. Strange…

13 menoob June 27, 2010 at 3:33 am

My Wikipedia login expired 30 days after and I lost the scroll bar again. I just went back to and re-login and got the Dictionary scroll bar again.

Note: I was using Firefox so at first it didn't work until I remembered to use Safari. :-)

14 Dmhdoor June 30, 2010 at 11:30 pm

So this means that I have to log into Wikipedia every 30 days now?

15 Jolls July 3, 2010 at 1:10 am

the Take Me Back feature is now gone when I look!! Where’d it go!?

16 Dsranawake July 9, 2010 at 11:04 am

thanks you legend!

17 Georgi Shulev July 12, 2010 at 10:44 am

Thanks Man!!!

18 Andrey Dubinin July 14, 2010 at 5:22 pm

This no worked

19 Kis July 16, 2010 at 6:34 am

This really works…
Many thanks for the valuable info.
I'm now abel to enjoy reading Wikipedia on my again

(from Indonesia)

20 Joshua August 5, 2010 at 4:50 am

great job worked perfect. Thank you soo much. There are so many other site telling everyone to delete their preferences and playlists. Who would know it was as simple as this. Booom!


21 Isabel August 9, 2010 at 4:25 pm

Thank you so much!

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Didn’t work( Can this site help?

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24 TeMc November 9, 2010 at 9:41 pm

Blame Apple for using a rather lazy mathod of scrapping Wikipedia’s content into their applications.
Instead of loading it with an API, they use Safari’s loader which means it’s skin-dependant, user-dependant and style-dependant.

25 TeMc November 9, 2010 at 9:41 pm

Blame Apple for using a rather lazy mathod of scrapping Wikipedia’s content into their applications.
Instead of loading it with an API, they use Safari’s loader which means it’s skin-dependant, user-dependant and style-dependant.

26 GuestHot November 27, 2010 at 4:38 pm

This issue was resolved in the newly-released 10.6.5. Don’t forget to update, everybody!

27 12345 November 27, 2010 at 4:38 pm

This issue was resolved in the newly-released 10.6.5. Don’t forget to update, everybody!

28 LienDTK January 8, 2011 at 2:17 am

Oh nice, thanks for share!

29 Leo82188 April 4, 2011 at 11:23 pm

The “new features” is not anywhere when i log in !!! how do i get it back now?

30 blah September 28, 2011 at 4:36 am

Same!!! I do not see the “new features.” I remember it was there in the past, but the link is not there now. does anyone know where it is?

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