You can change this in the System Preferences to always show the scroll bar. If you click on the System Preferences icon on your dock (looks like a gear) then click on General or click the apple in the upper left and click on the General Tab, you will see the screen below.
Under "Show scroll bars:" click in the circle in front of "Always". Then you can class the preferences window. The issue of missing scroll bars should be resolved.
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