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Old 11-27-2004, 03:10 PM   #1
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Question Scrollbar width - how to increase?


Hello everyone - new person to desktop linux here. I'm trying to get the look of Mandrake Linux to my liking. I really prefer big wide scrollbars but can't find how to sucessfully obtain this anywhere.

I've tried adding the following to my root/.Xdefaults file:
Quote:
*scrollbar*width: 32
and

Quote:
*scrollbar*thickness: 32
but still no luck - still end up with tiny thin scrollbars on the right of my applications.

Can anyone help on how to give me big wide scollbars globally on my system.

Thanks for any advice.

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Old 11-27-2004, 04:38 PM   #2
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Hi, and welcome to LQ!

It would help to know what WM/DE you're using ...

And btw, you shouldn't run X as root ... that's a
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Old 11-27-2004, 06:00 PM   #3
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Thanks for the welcome. I'm using KDE Display Manager on Mandrake 10.0. I'm logging in just as a normal user (not as root)...only upping to root if necessary (for example if I need to go in and change anything that needs root permissions). Actually that brings up another question but maybe I'd probably better start a different thread rather than go off-topic in this one

I'd read that the place to change things to get the wide scrollbar was by trying the text that I posted in my first post in the /root/.Xdefaults file (actually it said ~/.Xdefaults ....err...the ~ thingy does mean the /root directory doesn't it? ) which is what I tried but didn't work.
 
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Tilde ~ represents EVERYONE's OWN home, not roots.


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Old 11-27-2004, 06:31 PM   #5
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Ooops - silly me....sorry for being such a

Ah well, I tried copying the .Xdefaults file with the adjustments I'd posted to my /home/[myusername] directory and also to the /home directory (just in case) but still thin scrollbars.
 
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If you copy them as root you may want to chown them
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chown -R <username>:users /home/<username>


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Old 11-27-2004, 07:43 PM   #7
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Thanks - have just done the chown thing. Still no luck. There must be a way to do this.
 
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Have you looked into KDEs settings? Maybe it's a
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Old 11-29-2004, 04:27 PM   #9
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I've tried looking into the KDE themes settings...tried a suggestion on http://dot.kde.org/981832647/9818517...81854809/#Misc which seems to advise changing the themerc file for a chosen theme. Have tried their suggestion and even tried messing around with gnome and icewm too (any desktop would do to get thicker bars although I currently like the "feel" of KDE despite it being a bit slow to open programs) but still getting thin scrawny scrollbars
 
Old 12-12-2004, 10:29 AM   #10
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Well, after 2 weeks of messing around I've succeeded in changing the scrollbar size under gnome (using my ~ /.gtkrc files) for A FEW applications (appear to be gnome-specific programs only like nautilus) but it's certainly very far from a global fix. Most applications seem to use KDE settings somehow even when using gnome?

It looks like someone else has asked about this at bugs.kde.org and the reply at http://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=94869 is that scrollbar sizes are not changeable " except for special accessibility modes" and the "Resolution" states "WONTFIX" so I guess they aren't intending to fix this either. Ah well, it's looking more and more like I'll have to stay permanently with Windows.

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