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How Do I Disable Facebook® Timeline

February 07, 2013  |  Difficulty: Hard

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Facebook® recently offered users a change in the layout of their profile page. Known as Timeline, this Facebook® application offers a modern and well-arranged user interface. However, many users who activated the Facebook® Timeline aren’t satisfied and want the original Facebook® profile layout back.

Unfortunately, a solution on permanently disabling Timeline doesn’t exist. If you want to deactivate the Facebook® Timeline, you can disable it in your Internet browser by installing an extension. Be aware if you use a different browser to log in to your account, you will see the Timeline layout until you have disabled the application in each browser.

The instructions below explain which extension you should install for each browser to disable the Timeline layout.

Browser add-ons that Enable Removing Facebook® Timeline:

The easiest solution is to use Internet Explorer® (IE) 7. Timeline doesn’t support this version of IE and probably won’t in the future. If you use browsers like Mozilla® Firefox®, Google Chrome℠, Internet Explorer® 8 or higher or Apple® Safari®, you have to install an extension that allows you to disable it.

Mozilla® Firefox® - Install the User Agent Switcher© add-on and go to “Tools > Default user Agent > Internet Explorer > Internet Explorer 7“; use this agent for Facebook®.

Or, add the new IE7 user agent with “Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 6.0;)” user agent parameter to the add-on and then use the user agent while browsing Facebook®.

Google Chrome - Create a new shortcut for Google Chrome℠ and name it Facebook® or something similar. Once you have done that, right-click on the shortcut and select “Properties”. In the “Target” add “-user-agent="Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 6.0;)".  It should look like this:
C:\Users\Administrator\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe -user-agent="Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 6.0;). Once you have done that, use the shortcut while you are browsing Facebook® and the Timeline will be disabled.

Internet Explorer® - Install the IE add-on called Bayden UA Pick©. In the menu bar select “Tools > Set UA strings“ and from the “Templates“ dropdown menu select "Internet Explorer 7“.

Apple® Safari® – Enable develop mode in Safari®, go to “Preference > Advanced” and select the "Show Develop menu in menu bar" check box. Once you have done that, select the "User Agent" sub-menu from the “Develop menu” and select "Internet Explorer 7.0" from the available options.


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