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Removing Ubuntu Overlay Scrollbars

Seeing that Ubuntu is heading toward touch and mobile screens they decided at 11.04 and Unity Desktop to go with overlay scrollbars. Why? Well, to allow your browser to use the entire screen and with touch screens you really don’t need scrollbars.

The following is per user. For system wide change scroll to the bottom of the page.

Disabling on Ubuntu 12.04 and earlier

  • Open a Terminal
  • type in the following command:
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface ubuntu-overlay-scrollbars false

Disabling on Ubuntu 12.10 and later

  • Open a Terminal
  • type in the following command:
gsettings set com.canonical.desktop.interface scrollbar-mode normal

The change should take immediately. Enjoy your traditional scrollbars.

Re-enable Overlay?

Don’t like the look anymore and want to return to the new look?

Enabling on Ubuntu 12.04 and earlier

gsettings reset org.gnome.desktop.interface ubuntu-overlay-scrollbars

Enabling on Ubuntu 12.10 and later

gsettings reset com.canonical.desktop.interface scrollbar-mode

System Wide Changes

To disable overlay scrollbars systemwide open a terminal and run this command:

sudo sh -c ‘echo “export LIBOVERLAY_SCROLLBAR=0″ > /etc/X11/Xsession.d/80overlayscrollbars’

 

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