I have been asked to redesign some existing dialogue overlays, which have a lot of options within them. So many in fact, that they're using both vertical tabs and a scrollbar to manage the volume of options.
I am not a big fan of the vertical tabs, so I have removed those. I have also managed to reduce the number of items by hiding them unless they're needed, such as sub options not shown unless its parent is enabled.
Question is, is it ok to have a scrollbar within the dialogue ? The dialogue title, and command bar along the bottom would always be visible, but the dialogue's actual content is scrollable?
For pages, scrolling is ok as long as there is an information scent. I plan to ensure that the most used features come first. I have read that you shouldn't use scrolling or navigation within a dialogue . If you need to, another solution should be sought after like a new page. The thing is, the dialogues in question are for features like Print and Download. I think keeping them on the page would be better for this particular situation. It is something I want to test.
If anyone has any examples, research, or suggestions would be most welcome!