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I hate the narrow scroll bars in Lion. How to adjust?

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kimster66 Calculating status...
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Dec 9, 2011 5:14 PM

I recently upgraded to Lion, which all seems realtively nice and well designed to me. In years of Apple developments, I have learned to appreciate the changes and gradually have come to appreciate most of the stuff they come up with. One thing really annoys me seriously, though, and that is the very narrow scroll bars! When I could easily find the scroll bar in 10.5, an 6. I now have to waste my energy on pointing the mouse at the very narrow scroll bar. Who the **** had the great idea to narrow it? There is NO WAY I can live with this.

 

Has anyone come up with a fix? If this is not fixable, I will downgrade to 10.6 again.

 

Kimster66

  • shldr2thewheel Level 7 Level 7 (25,345 points)

    Prepare to downgrade.  It's not possible.  It is part of Lion's user interface.

  • Tony T1 Level 6 Level 6 (8,125 points)

    Use the trackpad/mouse to scroll.  Scroll bars are sooo yesterday

  • Király Level 6 Level 6 (9,460 points)

    Upgrade back to 10.6. I left Lion in the dust and have not looked back.

  • mulligans missus Level 2 Level 2 (370 points)

    Tony T1 wrote:

     

    Use the trackpad/mouse to scroll.  Scroll bars are sooo yesterday

    That's the way we are going and the sooner the better.

     

    Cheers

  • pattyfromsa Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    they assume people are more inclined to use the two finger up and down on the track pad to scroll, which is much easier, and left a skinny bar for old style folk-  Once you get used to 2 finger scrolling, you won't go back to the bar.  Much faster and easier, you don't even have to look at the screen to do it.

  • shldr2thewheel Level 7 Level 7 (25,345 points)

    pattyfromsa wrote:

     

    Once you get used to 2 finger scrolling, you won't go back to the bar.  Much faster and easier, you don't even have to look at the screen to do it.

     

    I completely agree.  It has become so natural that I try to do this on computers that don't support this feature without even thinking!

  • Tony T1 Level 6 Level 6 (8,125 points)

    kimster66 wrote:

     

    Actually, your lack of empathy is really 'So Yesterday'. 

     

    I reserve my empathy for issues more serious than the width of scrollbars.

  • Tony T1 Level 6 Level 6 (8,125 points)

    I was not being sarcastic, however, I was certain that you were (you were not really expecting empathy over narrow scroll bars, were you?)

  • Tom in London Level 4 Level 4 (1,570 points)

    kimster66 wrote:

     

    .....One thing really annoys me seriously..... the very narrow scroll bars.... Who the **** had the great idea to narrow it?

    Presumably the same people who decided after many meetings and previews that the grey linen background on the log-in screen was beautiful. Who are probably the same people who after more meetings and previews, came to the conclusion that the faux-leather frame on the Address Book was a big step forward in computing technology.

  • Tom in London Level 4 Level 4 (1,570 points)

    kimster66 wrote:

     

    I am annoyed with the GUI designers

    With Lion, the entire Mac OS has been made over to suit people who use iPhones and that other thing...what's it called...iPads. So everything has to be narrowed down.

     

    The Apple fanboys + the fangirl all think this is marvellous.

  • Tony T1 Level 6 Level 6 (8,125 points)

    kimster66 wrote:

     

    The point is that I dont have a trackpad on my iMac, and thus have to use an ordinary mouse.

     

    Well, if I were in this situation, I would purchase a Magic Trackpad

     

    But you miss the point: I am annoyed with the GUI designers for falling in love with their own design and not letting users choose what is best for their own workflow. This is a 'forced' change and a basic violation of all design philosophy. What would you say if the gearchange in your car had been reversed after a visit to the garage? Exactly! To force users to change their workflow is actually very arrogant.

     

    Lion is a New OS.  If I purchased a new car that had a new shift pattern, It should not be a suprise as I would have (should have) researched and test drove the auto before purchasing.  A quick trip to the Apple Store, or reading on-line reviews would have allerted you to the change in scrollers

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