The Current State of Styling Scrollbars
If you need to style your scrollbars right now, one option is to use a collection of
::webkit prefixed CSS properties.
See the Pen CSS-Tricks Almanac: Scrollbars by Chris Coyier (@chriscoyier) on CodePen.
Sadly, that doesn’t help out much for Firefox or Edge, or the ecosystem of browsers around those.
But if that’s good enough for what you need, you can get rather classy with it:
See the Pen Custom Scrollbar styling by Devstreak (@devstreak) on CodePen.
There are loads of them on CodePen to browse. It’s a nice thing to abstract with a Sass
@mixin as well.
There is good news on this front! The standards bodies that be have moved toward a standardizing methods to style scrollbars, starting with the gutter (or width) of them. The main property will be
scrollbar-gutter and Geoff has written it up here. Hopefully Autoprefixer will help us as the spec is finalized and browsers start to implement it so we can start writing the standardized version and get any prefixed versions from that.
But what if we need cross-browser support?
See the Pen simple-bar by Chris Coyier (@chriscoyier) on CodePen.
Here’s another one called simple-scrollbar:
See the Pen simple-scroll-bar by Chris Coyier (@chriscoyier) on CodePen.
I’ll embed a copy here:
See the Pen Custom Scrollbar Example from Google Chrome Labs by Chris Coyier (@chriscoyier) on CodePen.