Sunday, July 24, 2011

Firefox Workaround to Get Rid of the New Facebook Sidebar

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Did you agree to try the new Facebook Sidebar and now wish you hadn’t?

Let’s face it, the new Facebook Sidebar is pretty pointless! It only shows you some of your contacts (the ones you chat with the most) instead of showing all of the ones who are online or idle. The worst part is, there is no “official” way to go back to the old one.

Of course, you could try some JavaScript hacks, which turn up when you do a Google search for “get rid of new Facebook Sidebar” or something similar.

But there is an easier way, if you are using Firefox! The following information, which is taken from, will help you:

All you have to do is click on your bookmark toolbar and create a new bookmark. Give it whatever name you like, and enter this for the URL:

Make sure to select the button that says "Load this bookmark in the sidebar" and you should be all set.

Note that you can drag the sidebar divider to make the Facebook Chat window larger or smaller. If all you want to do is see your contact list, the sidebar doesn't take up much space as all. But if you want to actually open a chat window with one or more of your contacts, you'll need to widen the sidebar a bit, which will cost you some valuable web browser real estate.

The added benefit with the method above is that Facebook Chat stays in the Firefox Sidebar even when you browse to other websites!

Pretty nifty, eh?

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