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Old 11th January 2017, 02:16 PM
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Changing scroll bar width

Greetings.

I'm running F25 and I have a major annoyance. At least to me.
Linux laptop 4.8.15-300.fc25.x86_64 #1 SMP
Gnome desktop.

In all windows and applications, the scroll bars are just too narrow for my liking. Very hard to hit them using the touchpad, mouse, etc.

How can I change their width to roughly double?

I have searched for answers to this and all I find are painful methods of installing and editing user themes. I haven't even been able to get a user theme installed and working.

Why is this so difficult?

Thanks for any help you can offer.

Mitch
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Old 12th January 2017, 04:07 AM
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Re: Changing scroll bar width

Does anyone still use the bars?

Try scrolling with the mouse wheel, or two fingers on the touch pad.
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Old 12th January 2017, 06:08 AM
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Re: Changing scroll bar width

Still need scrollbars for bigger files here.
They're of a minimum manageable size on my 1680/1050 pixel desktop screen but did try tinkering by changing the value of the two separate lines :
GtkRange::slider-width = 26
GtkScale::slider_width = 26
from within file main.rc obtained by the command :

Code:
sudo gedit /usr/share/themes/Adwaita/gtk-2.0/main.rc
Made no difference though.
Had a quick look at some of the other Gnome gtk+ theme offerings such as Albatros, Bluebird, Clearlooks-phenix, EGTK, Greybird and HighContrast but only Greybird seemed noticeably wider.
Similar further tinkering with the corresponding Greybird file did not help.
Googling topic shows scrollbar width can be changed on other distros, such as Ubuntu's Ambiance, see this thread, although the folder ~/.config/gtk-3.0 is empty here.
Suggest switching to another Desktop Environment such as KDE perhaps, Gnome has never offered much of a choice that i can recall.

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Old 12th January 2017, 06:59 AM
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Re: Changing scroll bar width

I've had good luck making title bars smaller by creating the file ~/.config/gtk-3.0/gtk.css according to posts I found with google. The file had to be edited sometimes for major version changes to gtk, but google has found them pretty quickly. This Ubuntu thread may be a good starting point.

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