Firefox doesn't use overlay scrollbars

Bug #767040 reported by Laryllan on 2011-04-20
This bug affects 200 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Mozilla Firefox
Won't Fix
firefox (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: firefox

The Firefox 4 browser in 11.04 doesn't use Unitys scrollbars (the light ones with the up/down button showing as soon as you move the mouse pointer over it).
Instead, it uses standard scrollbars.

I believe this is an inconsistency in the UI, as other programs (e.g. Nautilus) show them correctly.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 11.04
Package: firefox 4.0+nobinonly-0ubuntu3
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.38-8.42-generic
Uname: Linux 2.6.38-8-generic i686
NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia wl
Architecture: i386
Date: Wed Apr 20 12:55:44 2011
EcryptfsInUse: Yes
 firefox 4.0+nobinonly-0ubuntu3
 adobe-flashplugin N/A
 icedtea-plugin 1.1~20110406-0ubuntu2
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 11.04 "Natty Narwhal" - Beta i386 (20110330)
SourcePackage: firefox
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

Laryllan (laryllan) wrote :
larlin (larlin) wrote :

Thunderbird is also affected by this.

Christian Titze (christitze) wrote :

Firefox 5 also has this problem.

Micah Gersten (micahg) wrote :

Thank you for reporting this to Ubuntu. Firefox is still using xul to generate its scrollbars. I am marking this as a wishlist bug and triaged. Please report any other issues you may find.

affects: thunderbird → null
summary: - Firefox 4 doesn't use Unity scrollbars
+ Firefox doesn't use overlay scrollbars
Changed in firefox (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
status: New → Triaged
Changed in null:
status: New → Invalid

User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64; rv:7.0.1) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/7.0.1
Build ID: 20110929022028

Steps to reproduce:

Firefox does not support Ayatana scrollbars in Ubuntu 10.10. Scrollbars are rendered as plain GTK.

Launchpad bug:

Actually this is not a Bug of Firefox but of the Ayanata Scrollbar so it should be fixed there and not here.

Curtis Hovey (sinzui) on 2011-11-11
no longer affects: null
Ryan G (rtgkid) wrote :

---Affects everybody running Oneiric now as well.

(In reply to from comment #1)
> Actually this is not a Bug of Firefox but of the Ayanata Scrollbar so it
> should be fixed there and not here.

Can you tell us more about this?

And Precise, as of Beta 1.

tags: added: precise
sticks (orawas) wrote :

This is quite the eye sore...

Changed in firefox:
importance: Unknown → Medium
status: Unknown → New
Logan Symons (noboost) wrote :

Still present in Ubuntu 12.04 with Firefox 12.0

RobinJ (robinj) wrote :

Precise Pangolin just failed at reaching its "pixel perfection"...

Changed in firefox (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → Won't Fix
Pedro Bessa (pedbessa) wrote :

Firefox won't fix, but Ayatana Scrollbar (I hope) will fix.

Andrea Cimitan (cimi) wrote :

not a bug in ayatana-scrollbar. It's a bug in firefox. We should either work upstream or patch in firefox (ubuntu)

Changed in ayatana-scrollbar:
status: New → Won't Fix
Chris Coulson (chrisccoulson) wrote :

Heh, wrong bug ;)

Changed in firefox (Ubuntu):
status: Won't Fix → Triaged
Dr. Amr Osman (dr3mro) wrote :


This is still a problem in Ubuntu 12.04 with Firefox 13.

Chris Coulson (chrisccoulson) wrote :

That is no great surprise, seeing as the work hasn't been done yet. Really, there is no need for people to be adding "+1"'s and reminding us that it is still a problem.

It looks like something that should be fixed in Firefox (and Thunderbird), just as the similar bug 636564 on OS X is being fixed in Firefox.

Juan Pablo (juanps90) wrote :

Problem still persists, Ubuntu 12.04 Firefox 13.0.1

Chris Coulson (chrisccoulson) wrote :

Yes, there really is no need to keep pointing that out

Adolfo Jayme (fitojb) on 2012-12-11
tags: added: oneiric quantal raring

Reporter: please change the Product field to "Core", the Component field to "Widget: Gtk", the Hardware field to "All", and the Branch field to "Trunk". Thanks!

Changes Alex Jordan requested have been made, except for "Widget: Gtk" as it is not an option on the component dropdown.

Almost a year since the last post, using firefox 30; no overlay-scrollbars :(

Was there any more progress on this issue?

Changed in firefox:
status: New → Won't Fix
tags: added: artful bionic
Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

overlay-scrollbars has been deprecated/isn't used in Ubuntu anymore

Changed in firefox (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → Won't Fix
Amr Ibrahim (amribrahim1987) wrote :

I have to disagree a bit about the the duplicates here. This very old bug was when Firefox was using GTK2, and back then the scroll bars in Firefox were GTK2-standard and didn't use the overlay scrollbars (up and down buttons).

All the newer bugs have GTK3 Firefox, and that the scroll bar in Firefox is thin and does not expand, or is not thick by default as in Adwaita. In Adwaita, the scroll bar is already thick and easily handled.

Brian K. White (brian-aljex) wrote :

The same too-small scrollbars are in Mozilla Thunderbird too.
I don't know how/why this is not considered a bug or at least a regression. Thunderbird and Firefox used to be usable, and now they are both more difficult to use. Other apps on the same system/desktop don't have the problem.

This is not considered a bug because overlay scrollbars are gone, they are not used in Ubuntu anymore, and therefore cannot be applied to Firefox.

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