Anatomy of a Scrollbar
- Always offer a scrollbar if an area has scrolling content. Do not rely on auto-scrolling or on dragging. The user might not realize there is more content to scroll through. It has become a convention for mobile UIs that a scrollbar remains invisible until the user starts scrolling, but use it with caution (see Minimal Scrollbar below).
- Hide scrollbards if all content is visible. If users see a scrollbar, they assume there’s additional content and will be frustrated if they can’t scroll.
- Avoid horizontal scrolling.
- Scrollbars with arrows offer the best usability.
- Minimal: Minimal scrollbars are best, when you need to eliminate all possible distractions. They are visually unobtrusive but may create usability problems, especially for users with disabilities.
- Default: Recommended option for mobile interfaces.
- With Buttons: These scrollbars are larger and easier to use especially in the field. They offer the best usability.
Users may scroll by
- Clicking in the trough,
- Clicking on the arrows,
- Dragging the slider.
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