Linux: Make Scrollbar Always Visible

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

Here's how to always make Ubuntu's scrollbar visible. (make its width bigger)

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Ubuntu overlay scrollbar. Visible only when you mouse over. Looks neat, but hard to use.
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classic scrollbar

Change to Classic Scrollbar

Ubuntu 16

Good solution as of 2017-03-11

create a file at:


Copy and paste the following to the file:

.scrollbar {
  -GtkScrollbar-has-backward-stepper: true;
  -GtkScrollbar-has-forward-stepper: true;
  -GtkRange-slider-width: 20;
  -GtkRange-stepper-size: 20;

Restart the app to see the change.

source askubuntu

Ubuntu 12.10, or 14.04

In Ubuntu 12.10, or 14.04, or later, do:

# set the classic scrollbar style
gsettings set com.canonical.desktop.interface scrollbar-mode normal

Before Ubuntu 12.10

To go back to standard scrollbar, do:

# set the classic scrollbar style
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface ubuntu-overlay-scrollbars false

Restart the app to see the new setting.

You can also remove the library.

# remove ubuntu new overlay scrollbar
sudo apt-get remove overlay-scrollbar liboverlay-scrollbar-0.2-0 liboverlay-scrollbar3-0.2-0

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