This is possibly the quickest CSS tip I’ve ever posted, but who wants complex tutorials on a Friday! When you’re using a form
textarea, Internet Explorer always shows a scrollbar even when it’s unnecessary…
A scrollbar doesn’t appear in Firefox, Chrome, Safari or Opera. It’s pointless and a little ugly too — especially when the
textarea is surrounded by standard
input boxes. It never really bothered me: I just assumed that’s what IE did and never questioned it further.
The fix seems blindingly obvious now:
It’s as simple as that. A scrollbar will only appear when the content in the
textarea exceeds the space available. It works in IE6, 7 and 8 — view a demonstration.
Please accept my apologies if you’ve been doing this for many years, but it’s one of those useful little CSS tricks which must have passed me by! I hope it helps someone.