Missing scrollbars on the iPad in some webpages
June 04, 2010
Troubleshooting | Usability | iPad | iPhone | iPod

When browsing certain sites like Flickr on the iPad, you may be frustrated by an apparent bug in Safari that causes scrollbars within elements on the page to disappear. This can make it impossible to perform certain functions.

For example without the scrollbars in the photo selection window, it's very difficult to select the right images to add to Flickr's Groups.

It turns out this behavior is not a bug, it is by design. Scrolling these elements on the iPad is done using a two finger scroll. Hold two fingers together and brush up and to the right across the area you want to scroll. If two fingers does not seem to work, try three. When it is working it is quite easy and smooth.

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Posted by ellen at June 04, 2010 01:03 PM


Thank you!!

Thank so much!... Brilliant!

Thanks for that, great advice i never knew! But the ipad doesn't show any bars or anything to indicate its a scrolling area so people won't know the area is scrollable so won't even try.

You say "Missing scrollbars on the iPad in some webpages".

Have any examples where it does work in the way you'd expect?

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