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Are Scroll Bars Dead?

Yes there should. Visible scroll bars are an affordance "this page is scrollable" Without visual hints such as this the functionality might be missed.
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Are Scroll Bars Dead?

Some modern design guidelines certainly disprefer persistently-visible scrollbars, but not all. For example, in the Material Design guide, for menus, if a menu is scrollable, it should show a ...
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Are Scroll Bars Dead?

As a mouse user, I abhor scrollable content that doesn't give me a view of and access to scroll bars. The scroll bar is a control. It allows me to quickly navigate large pages no amount of finger-...
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Are Scroll Bars Dead?

This viewpoint comes primarily from the Mac environment, where scrollbars are typically displayed briefly when content first appears, then fade out. When scrolling occurs (user triggered or otherwise),...
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Are Scroll Bars Dead?

The removal of scroll bars in my view is another example of the idiotic and shallow ideology of putting style over functionality. This is back to front to how it should be and is indicative of the ...
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Are Scroll Bars Dead?

As a mixed point of view... Horizontal scroll bars are usually a bad thing. It may mean you've optimised for the screen width of a PC monitor, which doesn't translate well to mobile devices. When ...
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Should I use a left aligned scroll bar?

Though design and user experience is becoming more dynamic and flexible, some things still remain traditional, just like anywhere you see the diskette icon, you automatically know its the save button ...
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What is the best way to contain 20 or more checkboxes in form

Ergonomically it would be best to make the dropdown with height that shows all checkboxes at once. However, this is a bit extreme, and will take a lot of horizontal space. You should do that only if ...
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Are Scroll Bars Dead?

Yes, scrollbars should be visible, if for no other reason than for the sake of accessibility. There are many instances where hiding a scroll bar makes your site/program anywhere between frustrating ...
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What is the best way to contain 20 or more checkboxes in form

Display all checkboxes together, in the main scrollable container. If you place them inside a scroller the user might miss the checkboxes that are hidden in the overflow of this secondary scroller (...
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Why does Apple hide the vertical scrollbar on Mac laptops?

I think it is a stupid decision. It is fashion or change for change's sake ... two things that are endemic in the IT world, but that it would do better to be without. A vertical scrollbar does not ...
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Web Applications - Why no scrollbars?

First, ask them where is this rule outlined. Ask them to show you the research or the institution that proposes this. When they are making claims about something they should back them up by giving you ...
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Why does Apple hide the vertical scrollbar on Mac laptops?

I think reasons are: To use all width of a screen. Default scrollbar takes about 17px. To make width of page unchangable. Just imagine - you have page that fits to screen's height and you do ...
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How should I design scrolling on my web site?

The advantage to your first example is that you can keep the main content scrolled to your preferred view, while being able to move around in the navigation without disrupting that view. The other ...
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Do *ALL* mobile/touch browsers have “invisible” scrollbars in scrollable areas?

No. You can never expect a particular feature to be implemented the same way across all varieties and vendors of a type of software. Heck. Often companies and platforms even have internal differences;...
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Best approach for huge data tables (currently using scrolls)

In one project in an enterprise environment, I have been dealing with "presenting huge-data tables in web UI" challenge as well. Migrating loads of huge excel-sheets to a (internal) web-platform. ...
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Best approach for huge data tables (currently using scrolls)

Scrolling through lines and lines of data is laborious. The first question to ask is, "Does the user need to see all of this data, or are they trying to find out information behind the data?" Work ...
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Scrolling for the elderly

I'm sure there is lots to be find if you dig into the research papers, but as you noticed there isn't much within 5 minutes of Googling. Modern multi-touch user interfaces in smartphones and tablets ...
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Are Scroll Bars Dead?

A scroll bar is extremely useful it shows the user that page is scrollable it shows the user where they are currently on the scrollable page You have no idea how many times I was pissed and lost ...
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Is the currently most used scrollbar pattern good for ux?

As I understand it, a scrollbar main functionality is: Inform that there is overflow content, so the page can be scrolled to access it Give feedback on where we are within the overall scrollable area ...
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How to indicate the relationship between a selected item in a list and the detailed item view when they are separated by a scroll bar?

I agree scrollbar breaks the two sides when they are connected. So, I would make them not connected visually and simply put the details in a separate "space", beside the list. It can be within a ...
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How to layout / structure a page with a long sidebar but a short content section?

Of what I'm reading from your question, this is something a lot of websites are having issues with. "What happens when our search results are less then the amount of filters filling our page?". For ...
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Are Scroll Bars Dead?

To add to MichaelS’ answer, On tablets and iPads, a non grabable scrollbar, that hides when not scrolling, is preferable. As he said, scrolling on touch devices is much more precise, and visible, ...
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Custom scrollbars in websites - do they make any sense?

I think scrollbars shouldn't change unless there is a big reason behind it. The scrollbar style should be as user expects which is his browser default. changing something like this without no big ...
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Should I use a left aligned scroll bar?

I have successfully put the scrollbar on left in multiple products, and users had no issues with it. Scroll bars are there to hint that the content is scrollable (also answered here) and to give a ...
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Should scrollbars be integrated into the viewport width when content differs?

This seems to be a multi-part question, so: Should scrollbars overlay? The answer seems to be "yes, scrollbars should overlay" - Firefox is using it by default, and Microsoft is currently ...
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Best practice for use of grid in the web (desktop browser) application, scrolling is the biggest concern

I wouldn't say the examples you link are bad UX; they just show a table differently based on what you want to do with it. The virtual scrolling example works well for complex tables where you need to ...
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Should the entire page have a scrollbar when the header is always visible?

It depends who "owns" the scrollbar. If the scroll bar is a control that you are adding to the page, it would make more sense to align it with the text area where it is responsible for scrolling. If ...
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Design patterns to indicate status on infinite scroll pages

I believe that of the solutions that I have seen currently, Discourse seems to have a reasonable solution for bot the desktop and mobile views. However, as you can see from the example question, this ...
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What scenarios exactly come under the umbrella of Scroll Hijacking?

Scroll hijacking occurs when your scroll behaves differently than it normally should. Usually this is done so you move in a pre-set path along the website, where you cannot skip content because ...
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