Chrome/ium doesn’t use Ubuntu’s new Overlay Scrollbars which is a shame: thy’re cute, slim and awesome to use.

Whilst we can’t enable overlay scrollbars themselves in Chrome/ium we can at least match the look, courtesy of reader Micha R who mailed in just how to do this…


Mimic Ubuntu 11.04 overlay-style scrollbars in Chrome/ium

First step is to install this ‘Scrollbar minimizing’ extension in Chrome/ium.

After installing we’ll change the colour to Natty orange. Hit ALT+F2 or open a terminal and enter: –

  • gedit ~/.config/chromium/Default/Extensions/ojmmnceaidnmminjjffpndcbdibelgam/1.0_0/css/scroll-bars.css

For Google Chrome users use: –

  • gedit ~/.config/google-chrome/Default/Extensions/ojmmnceaidnmminjjffpndcbdibelgam/1.0_0/css/scroll-bars.css

In the file that opens change “#666” in lines 16 and 22 to “#F07746” and hit save.

To see line numbers in Gedit enable ‘line numbers’ in ‘Edit > Preferences’

Restart chromium and violá – Natty-style scrollbars.

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