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How To Move The Facebook Chat Window

We have covered quite a few Facebook modifications and tips in the past that let you get more out of Facebook Chat. A userscript for instance to add easier access to emoticons in chat or how to hide from friends on Facebook chat.

Pretty Facebook Chat is a Google Chrome extension that lets you customize your Facebook Chat experience further. You will notice the red dot that the extension adds next to Facebook's Chat menu on the lower right corner of the page. This is used to turn the extension on or off. Once you start a chat with someone on Facebook, you will notice the modified user interface right away.

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The first thing that becomes obvious right away is that the chat window is no longer attached to the page. You can drag and drop the chat around on the page to move it to a position that you find more comfortable. You can however only move it around in the Chrome window, and not to a location outside of it.

You may also notice that the chat window is larger than the standard window on Facebook, and that its author has added interface customizations to it, like shadows or little animations.

Another thing that you will notice is the emoticons button that has been added to the window. You can click on it to display a large list of emoticons and images that you can add to the chat with a click. This even includes a list of miniature profile pictures that can be added to individual messages.

Here is a video that demonstrates the capabilities of the extension.

Facebook users who use the Chrome browser to connect to the site may want to take a look at the extension to spice up their chat experience on the site. The extension is available for direct installation at the official Chrome Web Store.

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  1. Lewis Regner said on September 14, 2013 at 12:52 am

    This is a nicely written review and its existence allowed me to find something to resolve yet another annoying thing Facebook did (didn’t consider) to piss people off. I found that the auto-hidden lower panel on my desktop would constantly raise up and cover over the entry box for typing in my chat messages. I would keep my mouse pointer down low so I could use it to fix my errors as I typed in a chat, and invariably the pointer would be nudged or drift down and raise up the lower panel and cover up what I was writing. Besides all that, it was just hard to see there and it being stuck there had become like a thorn in my eye. I like and want the auto-hide feature on my computer and am not willing to abandon using it just for the sake of circumventing the poorly thought out ergonomic architecture within Facebook. This plugin’s feature(s) allowed Facebook and the way my computer is set up to peacefully coexist, and for facilitating the marriage of this plugin with my browser, I thank you sir. One less thing, of all the totally stupid crap Facebook does to its users to piss us all off. Ahhhhhhh!

  2. Jim said on January 5, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    My FB message window or chat window does not move, whats the trick? Its pretty frustrating with the bottom part of the window missing.

  3. rokoe said on February 1, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    same here, aside from installing a separate firefox addon for messenger the article was useless. you did not provide us with the means to move the chat window, this window remains unmovable and ontop of everything else HOW IRRITATING!

    1. dennis said on October 8, 2016 at 9:37 pm

      I found it less frustrating to avoid FB altogether.

      1. Anonymous said on May 11, 2018 at 3:28 pm

        amen 2 years later. this sucks.

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