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Ubuntu’s Overlay Scrollbars Get Updated, Here’s How To Upgrade in Oneiric

overlay scrollbars in ubuntu 12.04

Old vs New thumb appearance

An updated version of Ubuntu’s ‘Overlay Scrollbars’ has landed in Ubuntu 12.04 – and is available for Ubuntu 11.10 users to install.

What’s new?

  • Improved thumb appearance
  • The proximity area (which reveals the scrollbar) has been extended to cover the entire window edge
  • New thumb positioning according to mouse pointer and bar position.
  • The thumb is more freely movable while touching an edge.
  • For fine-scroll mode press Control while dragging
  • Press Control while doing page up/down to do step up/down instead.
  • Jumping is now triggered via Middle Click or via Shift + Button1.
  • Other tweaks, fixes, and small performance improvements

You can watch a video of the new overlay scrollbars in action by clicking play on the video below:

Ubuntu 11.10 users can upgrade their scrollbars using by adding the following PPA to their Software Sources then upgrade using the Update Manager.


Thanks to WarriorIng64