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Learn to navigate the new Facebook



Living in quarantine made virtual socializing more important than ever, and until recently, few resources were as valuable as Facebook.

If you hate the new Facebook, you’re not alone. It’s optimized for phones and tablets – great for some of us – but on a computer it’s very confusing. There’s so much more whitespace, which means finding things requires a lot more scrolling.

Confused? Do not worry! Try these tips to make it easier to find your favorite functions.

  1. To check from this overview and a video of the new Facebook design.
  1. Press Control and the minus sign to reduce the screen size to 90% to make it look more like the old Facebook. There is more visible on the screen, including the entire left panel. (It disappeared on my screen by 1
    00%. Very confusing!)
  1. Role about icons in the navigation bar at the top of the screen to find out what they mean. (Unless you’re psychic and have assumed a cat’s paw means groups.) Search for the highlighted House icon – that is your home page, where Facebook automatically takes you. Messenger is at the top right with a little squiggly icon. The Notification bell icon is next to it. The red number indicates how many notifications you have; Clicking on them will bring up a list of them.
  1. Look below the big block of ‘story’ photos to write a new message. (This feature used to be on top of the photos.) You’ll get a popup to subscribe – it’s actually easier. You can ignore those huge story pictures with thumbnails of your friend’s profile picture; they won’t take you to your friend’s page, just any meme or video they posted.
  1. Click on your thumbnail photo top left to go to you own profile page. Her redesigned with the profile picture in the center. Click on the “more” link on that page to find many hidden features. Click on the house icon to go back to your timeline.
  1. Find your groups by clicking on the cat paw (or groups) icon on the left and scrolling down. First you will receive the latest messages from your groups, not links to the groups themselves as usual. (Thanks Facebook for making this more difficult. ☹)
  2. If you switch off your ad unit for Facebook. That way, a very right panel can appear, with a few ads, but also a friend request list, a friends list, and your pages.

If all else fails, you can still turn back the time. You can go back to classic Facebook with a Chrome extension … or try this page for more ways to get your old Facebook back.

So what do you think of the Facebook design? Love it? Hate it? Let us know in the comments!

Photo by Glen Carrie on Unsplash


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