I am facing a problem and it is in Ubuntu (14.04) permanent scroll bar is not there but it appears when you move the mouse pointer to right most side or bottom most side. But it is very difficult to use and lately it takes too much to appear and sometimes it doesn't appear at all and so i have to close the application and reopen it. So i want to ask how to enable permanent scroll bars on right side and bottom most side. I am sure many people must have faced this problem before me. Thanks.

P.S: By permanent i mean scroll bars should be visible all the time.


You can change scrollbar-mode with help of gsettings:

  1. By default scrollbar is overlay-auto (to get current setting type following command):

    gsettings get com.canonical.desktop.interface scrollbar-mode

    Overlay Scrollbar Mode

  2. You can set normal mode of scrollbar as follows:

    gsettings set com.canonical.desktop.interface scrollbar-mode normal

    Normal Scrollbar Mode

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  • Thanks it worked, but will i have to type it every time i start my computer?
    – Rolen Koh
    Aug 20 '14 at 10:06
  • @RolenKoh No it will change permanently.
    – Pandya
    Aug 20 '14 at 10:07

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