Hi everyone,

I need to hide the scrollbar on a div that has overflow:scroll; enabled so that the div will scroll with mouse and keyboard but the scrollbar itself will not be displayed.

Is there a way of doing this with css or is javascript the way to go?

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Last Post by JorgeM

So, there are a few ways to approach this. I think the easiest way is to create use two divs. The approach here is to make the outer div's width less that that of the inner div so that the scrollbar wont show on the screen. While you can set the outer div's width via CSS, because of differences in browsers, I think using javascript is going to be a better option to ensure that slight differences in browsers produce the same result. If you are concerned about JavaScript not being enabled on the browser, you could just add a width to the outer div in CSS as a backup.

the JavaScript code below simply gets the width of the inner div minus the scrollbar, then assigns that value to the outer div (wrapper).

Here is a sample.

<!DOCTYPE html>
<title>No Scrollbar Demo</title>
 #wrapper {border:1px solid #7f7f7f;overflow: hidden;}
 #content {border:none;overflow-y:scroll;width:500px;height:250px;}

<div id="wrapper">
<div id="content">
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  var contentWidth=document.getElementById("content").scrollWidth;
  document.getElementById("wrapper").style.width = contentWidth + 'px';
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