Thursday, April 28, 2011

Disable Overlay Scrollbars in Ubuntu Natty

By default, Ubuntu Natty 11.04 uses Overlay Scrollbars in most applications, i.e. excluding Firefox, Chrome, etc., which don't support them yet. Some of us like the innovation while the others just prefer the traditional ones, be it for hard usability reasons or just as a matter of taste. So this is how to disable the Overlay Scrollbars and revert to the traditional ones.

Note: For Ubuntu Precise 12.04, please see this post instead:

http://www.tuxgarage.com/2012/05/disable-overlay-scrollbars-in-precise.html

Open a Terminal via 'Applications > Accessories' in classic Gnome or by searching the Dash in Unity and run this command:

echo "export LIBOVERLAY_SCROLLBAR=0" | sudo tee /etc/X11/Xsession.d/80overlayscrollbars > /dev/null

Relogin or, if that doesn't help already, reboot.

If the above mentioned process doesn't help even after a reboot, you might need to remove the whole 'overlay-scrollbar' package.

sudo apt-get remove overlay-scrollbar

Once again, relogin or reboot.

If you want to revert the changes later, thus re-enable the Overlay Scrollbars, just remove the file '/etc/X11/Xsession.d/80overlayscrollbars' again or reinstall the package 'overlay-scrollbar', respectively.

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