Removing SyntaxHighlighter Scrollbars In Chrome

December 13, 2012  |  1 minute to read

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I use the SyntaxHighlighter JavaScript library by Alex Gorbatchev on this site my previous site to auto-format chunks of code, resulting in nicely colored and tabulated blocks of text like this:

$.fn.dynamicInput = function(method) {
    if (methods[method]) {
        return methods[method].apply(this,, 1));
    } else if (typeof method === 'object' || !method) {
        return methods.init.apply(this, arguments);
    } else {
        $.error('Method ' + method + ' does not exist on jQuery.dynamicInput');

It’s a fantastic tool. Unfortunately, Chrome surrounds each block of code with vertical scrollbars, regardless of the content’s length.

Some code with a scrollbar and a sad face next to it

Luckily, fixing this issue is a breeze. Simply change line 35 in shCore.css from this:

line-height: 1.1em;

to this:

line-height: 1.2em;

This will remove the unnecessary vertical scrollbars in Chrome and allow for consistent formatting across all major browsers.

You can find shCore.css in the syntaxhighlighter_X.X.XX/styles directory.

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