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Elementary Theme: Fix missing scrollbars in OpenOffice (LibreOffice)

If you are using Elementary theme you have probably noticed that OpenOffice (LibreOffice) is missing scrollbars. I found an easy solution for this bug, just follow these few steps.

1. Backup your original elementary gtkrc file

sudo cp /usr/share/themes/elementary/gtk-2.0/gtkrc /usr/share/themes/elementary/gtk-2.0/_gtkrc.bak

2. Edit elementary gtkrc file

sudo gedit /usr/share/themes/elementary/gtk-2.0/gtkrc

3. Search and replace (If You're using Elementary 2.1 click here)

Find around ln 57

GtkRange       ::slider-width       = 8


Replace with

GtkRange       ::slider-width       = 10


Find around ln 64

GtkScrollbar       ::has-backward-stepper       = 0
GtkScrollbar       ::has-forward-stepper        = 0


Replace with

GtkScrollbar       ::has-backward-stepper       = 1
GtkScrollbar       ::has-forward-stepper        = 1


Find around ln 68

GtkScrolledWindow       ::scrollbars-within-bevel       = 1


Replace with

GtkScrolledWindow       ::scrollbars-within-bevel       = 0

4. Save gtkrc.

5. Log out and log back in. Now you can try to open OpenOffice. You should see your scrollbars.

Credit goes here.

UPDATE 17.01.2011

Here is the modifiet gtkrc file. Simply follow these steps:

cd && wget
tar xf gtkrc.tar.gz
sudo cp /usr/share/themes/elementary/gtk-2.0/gtkrc /usr/share/themes/elementary/gtk-2.0/gtkrc.bak
sudo cp gtkrc /usr/share/themes/elementary/gtk-2.0/gtkrc

Then log out and log in and voila…

UPDATE 14.03.2011 – Elementary 2.1

There were changes in Elementary 2.1 gtkrc, so the scrollbar disappears after an update. You need to edit the gtkrc file again.

Search and replace:

Find around line 67

GtkScrollbar        ::has-backward-stepper              = 0
GtkScrollbar        ::has-forward-stepper               = 0

Replace with

GtkScrollbar        ::has-backward-stepper              = 1 
GtkScrollbar        ::has-forward-stepper               = 1

Find around line 74

GtkScrolledWindow    ::scrollbars-within-bevel           = 1

Replace with

GtkScrolledWindow    ::scrollbars-within-bevel           = 0


It is good to change scrollbar width, because of horizontal scrollbar in In Calc / Spreadsheet

Bottom – original scrollbar width (6), and deformed icons and sheet tabs.
Top – changed scrollbar width to 10 and sheets are now readable and icons visible. You can change the icon width.. find your optional width.

Elementary scrollbar in Open/Libre Office

To change the scrollbar width find around line 70

GtkScrollbar        ::slider-width                      = 6

Replace with

GtkScrollbar        ::slider-width                      = 10


If You don't want to edit your file, paste these lines into terminal window.

cd && wget
tar xf gtkrc-elementary2.1.tar.gz
sudo cp /usr/share/themes/elementary/gtk-2.0/gtkrc /usr/share/themes/elementary/gtk-2.0/gtkrc.bak
sudo cp gtkrc /usr/share/themes/elementary/gtk-2.0/gtkrc

gtkrc file to download

  • There are plans of making a script for those novels? :)

  • what about sharing modified file? thank u

  • Updated. You can now download and replace the gtkrc file

  • Don’t you mean UPDATE 17.01.2011 instead of 2010?

  • Thanks Jimmy, i’m still living in 2010 :D

  • But thanks a bunch. The solution works excellent :)

  • You’re welcome. I’m glad I helped you.

  • Did you delete the file? I’m getting a 404.

  • No.. the file is still there
    HTTP request sent, awaiting response… 200 OK
    Length: 4452 (4.3K) [application/x-gzip]

  • You’re right. It’s weird because when I click-drag select the first line, the .gz part isn’t highlighted (Using Chrome 9). Then when you click on the link, the file isn’t linked properly.

  • Yeah, syntaxhighlighter places tar.gz of outside the link and i don’t know why.. anyway above the code is direct link with icon to that file.
    I hope, that the gtkrc file helped You.

  • Yeah that worked perfectly, thanks a lot!

  • not worked with elementary-theme version 2.1

  • I found a solution and I will update this article in a while.

  • Thanks. Works perfectly!