Microsoft really wants Google Chrome to use Windows 11 themed scrollbars, or at least the company will make sure users can enable the newly updated scrollbars by enabling flags in the experimental flags menu. The company is incorporating this feature into Chromium, and Chrome could adopt it soon.
So what exactly is a smooth scroll bar? According to Microsoft, the modern scrollbar is inspired by the fluid design and it simply means that the scrollbar on the right side of the browser would be a very thin line. It would arise when you hover over the bar, resulting in a neat or “modern” experience.
At the same time, Microsoft’s smooth scroll bars give you more room to display the content of the website you’re viewing. Microsoft has been working on Fluent and overlay scrollbars since the summer of 2021, and the tech giant promised to add this functionality back to Chromium.
It looks like the browser will be updated with proper implementation of Fluent scrollbars in the near future, as a new patch in Chromium Gerrit added the basic Fluent scrollbar.
“Fluent scrollbar base feature This CL adds a Fluent scrollbar base feature and implements unit tests. The FluentScrollbar function depends on the state of the OverlayScrollbar function,” Microsoft declared in the code commit.
This suggests that new Fluent scrollbars will be tested in Chrome soon (presumably starting with Canary), but there is currently no ETA.
Chrome recently received a major update
Google recently released Chrome version 102 with major improvements to web apps, tabs, and more. As part of Chrome 102, Google has added new keyboard shortcuts to speed up your web navigation. With the new keyboard shortcuts “Ctrl+Shift and Page Up or Page Down” it is now possible to rearrange tabs without using your mouse.
For web apps, Google has enabled a new feature that allows developers to indicate that their web apps can open certain files. As a result, web apps can now appear as an option in the “Open With” menu.
There is a new navigation API that makes it easy to navigate within web apps. The API promises a smooth transition between pages of the web apps without loading the entire page.