Tweak: Disable Overlay Scroll Bar in Ubuntu 14.04

Ubuntu 14.04 comes with the overlay scroll bar – which remains auto-hidden and is only shown when you hover your mouse over the edge of the screen. I personally find it difficult most times to use when I need to quickly move up and down an active screen. To disable this feature and restore the normal Windows-like scroll-bar:

Method 1: Using Unity Tweak Tool

– If you do not have the Unity Tweak Tool, then install with following command:

sudo apt-get install unity-tweak-tool

– Launch Unity Tweak Tool > Under System, click on Scrolling > Under Scrollbars, change from overlay to Legacy

Method 2: Via Terminal

– Disable the overlay scroll-bar

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

– Enable the overlay scroll-bar

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

With Overlay enabled


Without overlay enabled


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