Disable Ubuntu Overlay Scrollbars in Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin)

This brief tutorial shows you how to disable Ubuntu overlay scrollbars in Ubuntu 12.04 easily. This is not something everyone will want to do, but if you feel that this feature is not for you, then you may turn it off. Turning it off is easy and will return your system the default scrollbar that was previously standard in Ubuntu.


  • Turn off Ubuntu overlay scrollbars in Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin)
  • Enjoy!

To get started, press Ctrl – Alt – T on your keyboard to open Terminal When it opens, run the commands below to disable it.

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface ubuntu-overlay-scrollbars false











Notice the difference?



20 thoughts on “Disable Ubuntu Overlay Scrollbars in Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin)”

  1. Thank you very much man !

    I hate this overlay scroll and I really like the simpe solution you provided.

    Good work appearing on top in Google :)


  2. Muchas gracias. I don’t know what the standard scroll widget is supposed to be, but the fix makes it all palatable. Now, if you could make the rest of Eclipse pleasant….

  3. I had the same: didn’t work.
    Try to enter in terminal: “sudo gsettings…”.
    It worked good.

    Thanks for writing this tip!

  4. If you are using 12.10 or later, run
    user$ gsettings set com.canonical.desktop.interface scrollbar-mode normal

    And to return to the default, run
    user$ gsettings reset com.canonical.desktop.interface scrollbar-mode
    (w/o the HTML tags in case they show up)

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