If you are a regular on YouTube you probably know that Google has recently redesigned the page completely, turning pretty much everything up side down. The new design has received quite the criticism, for instance for the centered fixed width layout, or the larger frame at the top of the YouTube home page.
Most YouTube users do not know that there is an option to reset the page to the old layout. This can be achieved by writing a cookie to the local system that tells the video hosting site that the old layout needs to be loaded and not the new page design.
Please note that this may cease to work at any time as YouTube may simply remove the old page design from their servers. Setting the cookie would have no effect then. For now though, it works splendid.
You can revert the YouTube homepage to its former self with the help of a userscript or by writing the cookie directly on the system. The userscript appears to be working in Firefox, with Greasemonkey or Scriptish installed, Google Chrome and Opera. The developer notes that Opera users need to import the script manually in the browser though. Instructions on how to do that are offered on the userscript page.
Take a look at the following two screenshots to see the difference. First the new YouTube page (no idea why the big header is showing up blank)
and then the old YouTube page.
All you need to do is to install the userscript to set the cookie. Please note that the homepage layout will stick even if you uninstall the userscript again. You need to clear the cookie that it writes on your system to get the new YouTube homepage layout again.
As I mentioned before, you can also set the cookie manually.
Open the YouTube website.
In Chrome, press Ctrl-Shift-j to open the Developer Tools
In Firefox, press Ctrl-Shift-k to open the web console
Enter document.cookie="VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=tYJElFX0sZI"; in the console tab and press Enter.
Reload the YouTube page.
If you visit YouTube regularly, which design do you prefer? (Thanks Odio for the tip)
Update: The userscript is no longer available, we have removed the link that pointed to it. The cookie does not work anymore, but you can install a different style to get the old layout back: you may want to check out these YouTube userstyle alternatives.
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