How to disable overlay scrollbar in Ubuntu

All versions of Ubuntu, including Xubuntu, now use an overlay scrollbar in all GTK applications. The scrollbar is hidden, but a scroller appears when the mouse cursor is hovered on the right or bottom borders of a window.

If you would like the legacy scrollbar to be used instead of this overlay scrollbar, that can be done in a couple of ways:

Remove scrollbar packages

The best solution is to remove the overlay scrollbar packages and restart your system:

$ sudo apt-get purge overlay-scrollbar*

This typically removes 3 packages: overlay-scrollbar, overlay-scrollbar-gtk2 and overlay-scrollbar-gtk3.

Tweak it

Install the Unity Tweak Tool:

$ sudo apt-get install unity-tweak-tool

Next, open the Unity Tweak Tool and go to System > Scrolling. In the Scrollbars section, choose the Legacy radio button.

That is it, legacy scrollbars are enabled back in Ubuntu! 🙂

Tried with: Unity Tweak Tool 0.0.6 and Ubuntu 14.04

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