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goodiesgetthe
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Status: New idea

Please, please, please give an option to set the width of the scroll bar in Firefox. It's so narrow that about 50% of the time when I try to drag it down, I end up dragging down the whole window. I'm sure it's nice for those who have their smartphone welded to their palm, but some of us still use PCs occasionally, and it's so annoying I usually just use the Page Down key, making the scroll bar pointless. I can't imagine anyone with less than great vision even trying to use Firefox because of this.

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jscher2000
Contributor

I know some people prefer the slim bars, but I don't mind the old school Windows wide bars.

There is a hidden setting to disable sites using the new scrollbar-width style property to narrow the bars:

(A) In a new tab, type or paste about:config in the address bar and press Enter/Return. Click the button accepting the risk.

More info on about:config: Configuration Editor for Firefox. Please keep in mind that changes made through this back door aren't fully supported and aren't guaranteed to continue working in the future.

(B) In the search box in the page, type or paste layout.css.scrollbar-width-thin.disabled and pause while the list is filtered

(C) Double-click the preference to switch the value from false (allowed) to true (disabled)

Of course, sites probably have other tricks for this, but it's a start.

 

goodiesgetthe
New member

Sounds easy enough, and hopefully it will work in some cases. But I tried multiple websites after chaning this config, and the scrollbar's just the same as always. Even on my tiny home0business website, which I know for certain doesn't have any setting to control the scrollbar - I wouldn't know how to do that in CSS if I wanted to...

philpearl
New member

The vertical page scroll bar on the right side of the screen is so narrow that the slider is difficult to accurately get your mouse over to move the page.  The result is that it requires far too much attention to employ this much-used scrolling function, and to date I have not been able to find a way to widen it.

For example, the scroll bar width is about half that on Microsoft's Edge browser, which I am now using as my main browser as a result of this problem with Firefox.

See attached image for a comparison of the two scroll bars.

 

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Jon
Community Manager
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tfhammar
New member

Hopefully, this will be addressed soon.  Was this caused by a recent update?  I use Firefox (on Windows 11) often but now find it almost impossible to use due to this extremely narrow scroll bar.  The browser used to honor my Windows scroll bar width setting.

defcon1
Strollin' around

An option for a wider (traditional) scrollbar would be most welcome.

I'm on Linux and went into the Settings to make the scrollbar always visible, but I still don't like the new thin design.  I want an old-school quarter-inch thick scrollbar that's always there and easy to see and can hit with my mouse without having to aim so precisely.  This shouldn't be a big ask.  Some people may like the new thing but I sure don't.  At least give me an option in the Settings, even if my way isn't the default setting.  I bet others would appreciate this too. Example screenshot attached.

rogerzilla
New member

I agree.  Also the arrow at the foot of the scroll bar is so small that unless the cursor is accurately placed it is overwritten by a 'Show desktop' sign.

donkess
New member

Senior now having to wear glasses and the current Firefox scrollbar is too narrow and VERY difficult to use. There are no options to make it wider so I'm looking for another browser that offers a solution. I've been a faithful Firefox user for many years, how about some help with that feature??

cngerms
New member

Please fix/update Firefox so that the scroll bars are more customizable or wider, more visible, and auto-hide (which I despise) is an option. You have made it terribly difficult for those of us who are visually-impaired to use your browser. It's become so difficult and aggravating for me, I'm considering the default use of another browser and that is the last thing I want to do. Firefox is the only browser I like, but the scroll bar issue has taken my productivity to the bottom of the sea. See? Please fix this!

KGMountain
New member

I agree as well, I'm sure it came from an update.  I hate the size of the new scroll bar, it's awful.  I hope they make it wider with the next update.