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Shrink The Scroll Bar In Chrome For More Visual Space

Browsers are going for an extremely minimalistic interface, everything that may have been important in the past, like the navigation bar or the bookmarks bar, is now being swept under the rug. Chrome has one of the most minimal interfaces yet and with the option to hide the navigation bar in Canary, developers have started to take a crack at making the interface cleaner. Thin Scroll Bar is an extension for Chrome that slims down both the vertical and horizontal scroll bars so that they appear more like slim sliders. The scroll bars work perfectly with mouse wheel movements and can also be dragged with the mouse.


Whether the people at Google were planning to trim the scroll bars down themselves or not, it seems like someone beat them to it. For netbook users, this may well turn out to be a must have extension. You can never have too much space on a netbook and this is one great way of shrinking something that was unnecessarily big.

Install Thin Scroll Bar For Chrome

[via Chrome Plugins]

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  • psydex

    Is there an alternative for Firefox 4?

    • Joshua

      Yes, there always is. Install Stylish then run a quick search under updated app styles and see if there’s one. If there isn’t, go on the forum under style requests and request it. It will take one of those guys all of 30 seconds to whip you up a script to accomplish this.

  • psydex

    So there isn’t a seperate add-on for this (like in Chrome)
    Can you give me a direct link to a script (for Greasmonkey or Stylish) that does the work?

  • sc

    you also must refresh the page to see any difference.

    i had a tab with window’s default scrollbars, made me realize how necessary styling them was.

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