Overlay scrollbars obscure content in a maximised window

Reported by John Rivers on 2012-08-24
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This bug affects 9 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Ayatana Design
Undecided
Unassigned
One Hundred Papercuts
High
Unassigned
overlay-scrollbar
Undecided
Unassigned
overlay-scrollbar (Ubuntu)
High
Unassigned

Bug Description

When overlay scrollbars pop into existence as the user mouses over them, they do not appear over the content the user is trying to view. Vertical bars appear to the right and horizontal bars appear below.

This is not the case with maximised windows, and the scrollbars will obscure the content in this situation.

Changed in nautilus (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed

STEPS TO REPRODUCE:

1 - Maximize a Naitulus windows;
2 - Change to list view (CTRL-2);
3 - Browse to a folder with such number of entries that you must scroll to view them all;
4 - Try to double-click the last visible entry.

RESULT:

It's impossible to double-click the item, because overlay scrollbars are on top.
This doesn't occurs on a non-maximized window, because overlay scrollbars are rendered outside of the window.

WORKAROUND:

Change to Icons view or use the keyboard.

Changed in hundredpapercuts:
assignee: nobody → Papercuts Ninja (papercuts-ninja)
importance: Undecided → High
milestone: none → raring-round-2
status: New → Triaged
Chris Wilson (notgary) wrote :

Thanks a lot for reporting this. The problem is not restricted to Nautilus but instead lies with the behaviour of the Overlay Scrollbar on a maximised window. I've adjusted the title, description and paper cuts target to reflect this.

summary: - nautilus last file or folder not accessible
+ Overlay scrollbars obscure content in a maximised window
description: updated
Changed in overlay-scrollbar (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Changed in ayatana-scrollbar:
status: New → Confirmed
Chris Wilson (notgary) wrote :

Nick, could design take a look at this please?

Edwin Lee (leeed2001) wrote :

Where is the best place to watch for progress on this, it's a pretty annoying little thing! Thanks!!

Chris Wilson (notgary) wrote :

Closing the Nautilus task since this is a problem that affects any app using the Overlay Scrollbars.

Changed in nautilus (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Invalid
no longer affects: nautilus (Ubuntu)
Evan Peck (colors) wrote :

This still seems to be a problem in Quantal :(

Changed in overlay-scrollbar:
assignee: nobody → Antonio Cota (antocota91)
assignee: Antonio Cota (antocota91) → nobody
Edwin Pujols (edwinpm5) wrote :

If it does not go against current design focus, I think that the orange bar could be made thinner (but still easy to see). Also I'm wondering the thumb could be made to appear via mouse pressure when the window is maximized, that is, in the same way you make the Launcher visible when set to auto-hide.

This may be a simplistic solution, I don't know if makes sense. The orange bar needs to be thinner (or to have a space of its own) because, at least currently with Gtk+ and stuff, it obscures content (e.g. it is drawn over the contents of gedit or evince); this is particularly bad when the content contains small artifacts next to the window borders (e.g. the related left-to-right languages bug).

The thumb being made visible via pressure I am not sure, but it would help with maximize window issue, not sure if it would introduce other more annoying problems.

Edwin Pujols (edwinpm5) wrote :

Edit: I mean the right-to-left written languages related bug: <a href="/bugs/808516" class="bug-link">bug 391777</a>

Changed in overlay-scrollbar (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → High
status: Confirmed → Triaged
Changed in hundredpapercuts:
assignee: Nick Tait (jnick-tait) → nobody
Changed in ayatana-design:
status: New → Confirmed
Changed in hundredpapercuts:
status: Triaged → Incomplete
Changed in overlay-scrollbar (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → Incomplete
Changed in hundredpapercuts:
status: Incomplete → Triaged
Changed in overlay-scrollbar (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Triaged

If you are experiencing this bug in any particular Ubuntu release, check its name is listed in the tag list.

tags: added: quantal
Dario Ruellan (druellan) on 2014-01-25
tags: added: overlay-scrollbar
Dario Ruellan (druellan) on 2014-01-25
tags: added: scrollbars
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