How to Remove the Facebook Timeline

Normally I don’t get too aggravated with the Facebook changes (aside from privacy issues) but I have to admit I have hopped on the latest Timeline complaints. I didn’t think it was a big deal until it was implemented and I miss the simplicity of the original design. At the time this article was written there is no way to go back to the old layout and Facebook is showing no interest in giving you a choice. In other words; get used to it. There is an option here, however.

How it works

Before we tell you how to change it, let’s explain how it works. Basically you are seeing the HTML Facebook has designed, so it is not really any different than any other website you view. You see what the developers want you to see. It’s really that simple.

How to remove Facebook Timeline

Luckily all of today’s modern browsers support some sort of plug-ins, add-ons or extensions to customize your browser. The most popular plug-in available currently is Facebook Timeline Remove. As mentioned above all it does it intercept the HTML code from Facebook and substitute it with the old style giving you the pre-Timeline layout. There are a few limitations and bugs here.

It will only show it on your computer and only in the browser that you install it on (assuming you have multiple browsers and computers)
It will only work on personal profiles, not fan pages.

In other words, your only solution has limitations. Personally, I keep track of many TV shows and musicians on Facebook so not being able to load their fan pages is sort of a deal breaker for me. My Internet Explorer went into a refresh loop on the Majorgeeks Fan Page for example and I think that was more annoying than the Facebook Timeline. You will be able to see all of your updates from liked pages in your timeline and it is all good unless you go to the liked page. It seems like something many should be able to live with.

We should note here that there are other extensions available from other developers but these guys seem to be first and doing it best. There is also some controversy that another company has stolen this code so we feel this is the safest bet.

Downloading Facebook Timeline Remove

Currently, only Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer are supported. The good news is that covers about 95% of you and a Safari version is under development. Simply download the add-on for your browser:

 

We also made this available for download so all browser plug-ins are in one zip. This is handy if you have multiple browsers and personal computers. Grab it at http://www.majorgeeks.com/Facebook_Timeline_Remove_d7720.html.

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