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How To Switch Back To YouTube's Old Page Design

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)

new youtube homepage

and then the old YouTube page.

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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How To Switch Back To YouTube's Old Page Design
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How To Switch Back To YouTube's Old Page Design
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Find out how to change the design and layout of the popular video hosting site YouTube so that it reverts to a previous version of the design and layout.
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Comments

  1. jay said on January 9, 2012 at 9:58 pm
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    Ahh thanks alot Martin was looking for this

    1. Anonymous said on September 8, 2017 at 2:10 pm
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      Old youtube

    2. Wici Tanhukivi said on September 8, 2017 at 2:52 pm
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      Old Youtube Back

  2. Mariusz said on January 9, 2012 at 11:33 pm
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    First off hit [F12] in Chrome. Sends you directly to the console.
    Then put

    document.cookie “VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=tYJElFX0sZI”;

    Mind the correct “”.

  3. Paul A. said on January 10, 2012 at 8:55 am
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    Thank you, thank you, thank you!
    It feels like I have been at war with YouTube the past few years, trying to keep the layout I am comfortable with, while avoid YouTube’s “improvements.” The last update made my homepage too wide for my monitor and I found I was less likely to wander around and explore and spending a lot less time on their website.
    Of course they’ll try to screw me again and make this tip not work.

  4. BadLuckLuke said on January 10, 2012 at 3:58 pm
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    GREAT ! ! ! Is there such a tip for Microsoft ‘s Intenet Explorer ???

  5. ódio said on January 10, 2012 at 9:01 pm
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    For me the biggest problem with the new layout is there no “X” button to delete the already watched videos on the homepage. Thats why I searched for something like this. Hope this still works for a long time…

  6. jack C. said on January 12, 2012 at 11:50 am
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    not working anymore. -.-
    damn you youtube why do you have to take the old design from us?

  7. ódio said on January 12, 2012 at 8:37 pm
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    nooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  8. Paul A. said on January 12, 2012 at 9:10 pm
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    “Paul A. says:
    January 10, 2012 at 8:55 am

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!
    It feels like I have been at war with YouTube the past few years, trying to keep the layout I am comfortable with, while avoid YouTube’s “improvements.” The last update made my homepage too wide for my monitor and I found I was less likely to wander around and explore and spending a lot less time on their website.
    Of course they’ll try to screw me again and make this tip not work.”

    The script worked for about two days than the new layout came back. Are they trying to drive me away? Can someone tell me what the advantage of the new layout is to them, that they have to force it down my throat?

  9. ódio said on January 12, 2012 at 10:15 pm
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    this isnt worked only for 2 days, I used for more than a week and other people for more time…

  10. Andysnat said on January 12, 2012 at 11:05 pm
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    I got my nice youtube page back for an hour, and now back to the new improved version.

    Can anybody confirm that I’m stuck with it?

    1. ódio said on January 12, 2012 at 11:29 pm
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      This stoped working. You can se this message on the userscript page:

      “Notice: this does NOT work anymore. Youtube removed the old design along with the cookie. Just uninstall the script. :|”

      1. Andysnat said on January 14, 2012 at 3:21 pm
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        I have noticed one benefit though.

        Vid I have previously viewed are back to being viewed links in pages other than my main page, which saves time.

  11. Sam said on February 17, 2012 at 3:40 pm
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    Help I am not sure how to message someone on youtube… it’s very confusing.

  12. Anonymous said on July 5, 2012 at 10:27 pm
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    does it still work my gmail is

  13. nicholas jordan said on December 6, 2012 at 1:24 am
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    as of Wednesday, December 05, 2012
    i get
    SyntaxError: Unexpected token ILLEGAL
    doing what is instructed as best i understand

  14. Anonymous said on December 21, 2012 at 1:47 am
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    Same thing ^ SyntaxError: Unexpected token ILLEGAL

  15. darlene said on January 10, 2013 at 7:01 am
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    i cant get this to work for opera

  16. Cathy said on February 6, 2013 at 7:24 pm
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    Hi, just wanted to share something that worked for me. I switched to using “Torch” as a browser and the OLD youtube is there. Not sure how long this will last but you can try it….:O)

  17. CHEF-KOCH said on March 8, 2017 at 11:46 am
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    Article is from 2012 .. now we got another update and youtube plus extension stopped working. Any ideas/solution to get a dark and clean theme?!

  18. Anonymous said on February 9, 2018 at 3:29 pm
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    :)

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