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This is how Facebook's new desktop design looks (and how you can restore the old Facebook))

Someone at Facebook seems to have flipped a switch as users from all over the world are starting to get invited to try the new Facebook design on the desktop.

Facebook revealed plans to redesign the desktop version of the social media site last year. The company wanted to make things less convoluted, easier to use, and introduce new features such as a dark mode for the entire site.

Back then, Facebook wanted to launch the new version before March 2020 and it appears that the rollout has started.  Invited users see a small notification at the top on Facebook that invites them to try the new Facebook design. Note that the notification vanishes when you reload or navigate away.

Facebook displays a short intro about some of the new features (light and dark mode can be selected right then and there).

regular facebook design new

The new interface uses a responsive design that displays content based on screen width and other parameters. If the width of the browser window is sufficient, Facebook displays a traditional but heavily modified three column design.

The design features rounded corners and is more colorful than the current design of desktop Facebook. Text appears larger and there is more grayspace; this may lead to extended scrolling sessions as less content is displayed at a time on the visible part of the screen.

Zooming in or out, or changing the size of the browser window may help display more content on the screen at the same time.

The icon bar at the top provides quick access to  various sections on the site including the homepage, videos, marketplace, groups, and gaming.

The new design looks like this when you open a Facebook Page.

new facebook design wide

Notice that Facebook displays a two column design when the browser width is too small. Which column it displays depends on the page you are on. If you are browsing your home feed, you get to see the feed and the right column with its contacts.

A click on the new menu icon (three horizontal bars) displays the links of the missing left sidebar.

Switch between light and dark mode

facebook dark mode

The new Facebook design supports a light and dark mode. You can switch between both modes easily at any time doing the following:

  1. Select Menu.
  2. Toggle Dark Mode which is displayed in the menu as an option.

The change is instant and the page is either displayed using a dark color scheme or a light one depending on the state of the Dark Mode switch.

How to go back to Classic Facebook

facebook switch to classic design

Facebook users who have tried the new design of the site already may want to go back to the classic version; this is possible currently but it is very likely that Facebook will remove that option eventually from the site.

To restore classic Facebook, do the following:

  1. Select Menu (a click or tap on the profile icon in the top right corner). Note that Facebook changed the design recently, you may need to click on the down-arrow icon instead to display the menu.
  2. There you should see a "Switch to Classic Facebook" option. Activate that to go back.

Now You: how do you like the new Facebook design?

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  1. Yuliya said on February 11, 2020 at 2:05 pm

    That’s a big font.

    1. Nick Pharaoh said on May 8, 2020 at 7:57 pm

      It looks like a nightmare!!! Brash and too massive set out very badly they instead they spent time having proper customer service, and being able to contact live people when we need to. To solve any issues that may need sorting Not on a fancy new looking facebook


      1. Anonymous said on May 22, 2020 at 12:29 am

        Completely agree it stinks. When this is all there is, I will quit using facebook!

  2. Geo said on February 11, 2020 at 2:36 pm

    I really wish websites would stop redesigning towards touch interfaces. My bank already does this on the desktop side of things and it’s infuriating to have to click through several large menu buttons just to get to something that used to be a single click on the home page.

    1. Addy T. said on February 11, 2020 at 3:32 pm

      It reminds me on Windows 8, or in general Microsoft’s obsession to torture its key customer base with its perpetual inferiority complex to Google and Apple. They are now making another version of Windows 10, Windows10X, and the first redesign victim was, of course, the horror that is the start menu.

    2. nab said on February 12, 2020 at 12:16 pm

      This a thousand times…
      Basically it’s like Duplo won over Lego, really feels like going backwards.

    3. drago said on April 18, 2020 at 4:03 pm

      The worst thing is that most of the time they don’t work that well with touchscreens. Twitter got so much right with their new website but effed everything up when they changed the layout last minute. I wonder what virus got a hold of those developers.

      The new Facebook website isn’t really that responsive and doesn’t support prefers-color-scheme

    4. jeff said on May 15, 2020 at 9:15 pm

      I switched to the new Facebook, did not like it and now you cannot switch back, so I quit Facebook.

  3. Wigglesprocket said on February 11, 2020 at 2:40 pm

    I suppose websites have to update their layout every now and then, but I’m glad I quit that idiotic and disgusting platform years ago. It’s like a cesspool for narcissists and other mentally ill personas.

    1. Addy T. said on February 11, 2020 at 3:26 pm

      Want to know what happens with your pictures uploaded to Facebook? Google “Clearview AI”.

      As far as the Facebook userbase is concerned, I have to defend them. You can say the same thing about Reddit or Twitter. The internet is, in general, a place dominated not by the normal, average people, but by those with a messed-up life who have no job and no relationships. They can easily post all day long, in their permanent attempt to make everyone’s life as miserable as their own. The way to deal with it is to learn to ignore them, and to call them out. Sadly, politicians and journalists are willling to regard this bubble as a representation of society; in some cases, perhaps, because they fit into it very well.

      There are perfectly legitimate reasons to be on Facebook, like due to business reasons or to communicate with the public (ot just FB users).

      My biggest criticism would be, next to the privacy concerns, Facebooks completely bizarre moderation standards, which includes radomly harassing people who use words supposedly tied to “trolls” with outrageous security checks (uploading pictures of you and your identity card, while accounts with obvious fake names seem to get a pass) and even employing an A”I” to automatically suspend people who merely use the term “white supremacy,” even to post statements against it (this has been documented). To cap it all off, Facebook has suspended a grieving mother in Germany who blamed the rape and murder of her Jewish daughter on the federal government; this was, according to Facebook, hate speech.

      1. Sebas said on February 11, 2020 at 4:37 pm

        @Addy T. Hatespeech, that’s code for anyone who opposses the globalists. Your example of that Jewish mother is an outrageous example of that.

        Zuckerberg has met Merkel on several occasions and you can bet they have made deals.

        On the other hand he is now declared a fascist by the dems, because he seems to see by now that bringing free speech to it’s grave, the new totaliarism takes over.

    2. BM said on February 11, 2020 at 3:41 pm

      2.5 Billion FB users in a 7.7 Billion person world.

      Evidently, 1 in 3 people are “narcissists and … mentally ill”.

      True – The problem is that people on platforms like how FB feeds their need for attention of some sort – one way they do so is to exaggerate things and make out-sized claims.

      Uhm…. Interesting!

      1. Wizard said on February 11, 2020 at 8:58 pm


        Exactly. Just think how facebook has a Like button for posts, but not a Dislike button.

        Imagine all those attention-addicted narcissists will have a mental breakdown if they start getting dislikes for their garbage posts.

    3. pHROZEN gHOST said on February 12, 2020 at 4:30 pm

      People who make generalizations like you do usually have deeply seated emotional issues.

  4. Dave said on February 11, 2020 at 3:02 pm

    Most likely just an attempt to break the “F.B.Purity” extension. Though I’m sure the author is working hard to help “US” control what we see on F.B.

    Note: I rare use FB anymore so don’t have up to date first hand info at this time.

  5. Fabio said on February 11, 2020 at 3:11 pm

    How do you like the new Facebook design?

    I think it looks good, like putting a tuxedo on a stinking zombie.

  6. Yuri said on February 11, 2020 at 4:44 pm

    It sure would have been nice for you to switch on the dark mode and provide a screen shot in this article. It’s only been the most talked about and requested feature… just saying, since you took a screen shot of the drop down menu, which shows the toggle switch for dark mode.

    1. Yuna said on February 11, 2020 at 5:35 pm

      There is a screenshot with dark mode enabled in the article if you look for it . . . just saying.

  7. rain said on February 11, 2020 at 5:56 pm

    I love the new dark mode; it’s a pleasant surprise

  8. Paul(us) said on February 11, 2020 at 8:19 pm

    To be totally honest I think this new design is only released to get the attention away of the discussion to get Facebook banned, and the directors and shareholders long-term imprisonment.

  9. Anonymous said on February 11, 2020 at 9:10 pm

    The new look is easier for the eyes, plus have been waiting for dark theme for ages. Big times !

  10. Greg said on February 12, 2020 at 1:00 am

    any way to forcer this new look without the invite ? heaps of people lately is asking for Dark Mode, dunno why i hate it. to hard on my eyes.

  11. Greg said on February 12, 2020 at 1:04 am

    just wondering, that Mozilla Extension ” Facebook Container ” wonder if it’ll Break that too

  12. Jeff said on February 12, 2020 at 8:03 am

    This looks like an atrocious design from hipsters in fashion industry who accidentally landed in tech industry. More useless whitespace, huge fonts, clear text labels replaced by only icons, making it intentionally harder to understand. It is very child-friendly but is it going to be forced on adults? This might give people a reason to quit FB if they haven’t found already. 😆

  13. ULBoom said on February 12, 2020 at 1:48 pm

    Wow, FB’s ported from UNIX 1992 interface has finally been updated. Why? The interface matters little as long as there’s easy access to their endorphin pump buttons. Whether it works better or still remains a clickbait sink, IDK since I prefer the very, very dark theme, completely invisible, nowhere to be found.

  14. pHROZEN gHOST said on February 12, 2020 at 4:33 pm

    It’s not available here. I still have the old format. I have written a CSS script to make it use the wide screen more efficiently. I would gladly try the new format in dark mode.

  15. John G. said on February 12, 2020 at 9:50 pm

    I think that Facebook is a some kind of data mining evilness, and this new design is irrelevant enough to transcend his dangerous dark side. In other words “people who blame Microsoft telemetry all day long but they are exposing all their open lives to the whole world”. 🤨

  16. DCW said on February 12, 2020 at 11:02 pm

    I hate the layout and frickin’ huge font on my PC. I want to see more content on my page like before.

  17. Lena R said on February 17, 2020 at 9:52 pm

    I do NOT like the new layout. The font is huge. How do I go back to the old one?

  18. Greg said on February 19, 2020 at 2:52 am

    couldnt care about Facebook since im not a heavy user of it i prefer Porn myself, that Rocks

  19. Facebooksucks said on February 20, 2020 at 9:54 pm

    TOTAL FACEBOOK B.S. !!!!!!!


    1. AB said on February 25, 2020 at 2:59 pm

      I can’t revert back also, I don’t have the option. And I don’t know how to update with this new version because all of their help is from 10 plus years ago. Frustrating

  20. Nina said on February 21, 2020 at 1:37 am

    How can I go back to old version? Thanks

  21. Maria Bauer said on February 21, 2020 at 1:29 pm

    I do not see a “switch back to classic mode” on my account icon. How do i get classic back without this option to click on?

  22. Janice Wolfe Savage said on February 21, 2020 at 3:06 pm

    In the dropdown box the option to go back to the old version of FB is not there! I hate the new one. What do I do??

  23. c said on February 21, 2020 at 9:28 pm

    switch back to classic is gone now

    1. UNKNOWNWISDOM said on May 11, 2020 at 9:28 am

      That’s a lie. We can still switch to classic version anytime even after we switch to New Facebook, once. The new Facebook is quite good tbh. With dark mode, its such a pleasant wish by us

  24. Heddew said on February 22, 2020 at 6:26 pm

    I do not have an option to Switch to Classic Facebook or I would at the moment it takes 2 minutes to load a picture IF it loads it at all..I seem to have a lot of problem with it and no way back

  25. Heddew said on February 22, 2020 at 6:42 pm

    I really hate this new facebook…picture can take 2 mins to appear on screen or come up with a problem…the notification will only open halfway or not at all and loads of small problems…is there anyone having similar problems…or should I throw the computer out the window

  26. Mario said on February 22, 2020 at 9:40 pm

    I hate the new design and I want to go back to the old one but I can’t. In my new version there is no switch to classic facebook option. Just below the “dark mode” there is only one option to send feedback. Does anyone know how I can do it?

  27. Robb Thompson said on February 23, 2020 at 1:20 am

    I hate the new Facebook web layout.
    The side tabs are too wide, there are huge columns of useless white space shrinking the content from each side, and the captions below each article are cut off so you that can’t read them.

  28. Anonymous said on February 23, 2020 at 4:14 am

    what if i don’t have “switch to classic facebook” after i click “select menu”?

  29. cindie said on February 28, 2020 at 11:47 am

    It looks horrible, how to go back to the old one?

  30. Startegist said on February 29, 2020 at 11:12 am

    This is horrible. What the fuck were they thinking. Facebook is ran by huge douchebags. Facebook had the best UI layout design back in 2014. After 2016 they started to make useless stupid updates which made the site look even worse. It looks childish and stupid. Even the app was better in 2014, its just cancerous now. I can get eye cancer by just looking at those big ass stupid fonts. So uncomfortable and inconvenient. ALso confusing. I HATE THIS NEW DESIGN, IT FUCKING SUCKS!!!

    1. Mike Hoyle said on April 2, 2020 at 11:00 pm

      I can I switch Facebook to the original layout?

  31. Maggie said on February 29, 2020 at 4:18 pm

    I am admin on our Charity FB page. There is no option to find visitors post anymore. You have to scroll down the main timeline to find them hidden amongst admin posts. The ‘search box’ has gone so I can no longer search and past posts. It’s awful, really bad design!

  32. JT McCabe said on March 1, 2020 at 3:51 pm

    From my laptop, through Chrome, I do not even see “menu” on my page. When I click on photos, I am automatically taken to my activity log and can not see all of my photos. This new design for business pages is absolutely terrible, why do they keep trying to change things that are not even broken or need to be changed!?! I now have to consider my business on Facebook as secondary and find new platforms to advertise on.

  33. David Warren said on March 2, 2020 at 2:58 am

    Where to add stories on a page with the new update? I am lost and my head aches looking for it. Been trying to find where to put the stories my audience expects and I don’t see the option anywhere. The only thing i see is a Story Archive, but nothing to add a new one…

  34. FBsux said on March 2, 2020 at 8:21 am

    The new version is not bad, I can live with it. However, FB seems to have forgotten about the stories feature. I can’t find anywhere how to add stories to pages now. Also, unlike what is seen in the screenshots of the article, there is no option to switch back to classic mode. FB has just decided to force this incomplete beta version on its users.

  35. Amber said on March 3, 2020 at 6:16 am

    My Business page no longer has tabs or an about page. Yet you can reorder the nonexistent tabs in the page settings. A big change like getting rid of people’s content might be worth a heads up…

  36. Nancy Pardoe said on March 5, 2020 at 1:35 am

    same here, i cannot switch back to classic facebook. I do not like the new design.

  37. Anonymous said on March 9, 2020 at 4:21 am

    It’s AWFUL I hate it. It’s like being on mobile mode while on desktop. How do I switch back?? I hope FB will take the hint that not everyone likes this and let us revert back to the old layout. This one’s garbage.

  38. Lisa said on March 13, 2020 at 12:36 am

    I do not have a menu option AT ALL! I can’t switch back! I hate this!

  39. Elly said on March 16, 2020 at 5:22 pm

    I don’t have that menu option so I can’t switch. I don’t like it and I consider seriously to go away. On my own page is everything very “big” no submenu or space around the picture etc. It is awful!!!

  40. Daniela Weichhold said on March 17, 2020 at 9:20 am

    I don’t like the new design either – and I can’t find the menu option either to switch back. Please help!

  41. ASSA said on March 17, 2020 at 7:09 pm

    there is no menu to change back the layout.. where is it exactly??

  42. Nicole said on March 18, 2020 at 12:45 am

    I clicked to try it today and it won’t load anything at all.You can’t click anything. It’s completely useless. This has pissed me off enough to finally quit fb.

  43. Ruth said on March 18, 2020 at 1:23 am


  44. DenizatmCom said on March 18, 2020 at 1:48 am

    Facebook originally promised the redesign would begin immediately rolling out to mobile users, with desktop users to follow later.

  45. Mary Barnard said on March 19, 2020 at 5:46 am

    I hate this new design. Nothing works and no option to go back to older version.

  46. The Rage said on March 21, 2020 at 8:17 pm

    My “profile” button isn’t allowing me to switch back. How ’bout THEM apples eh?. YEAH, click on it ALL day and it just keeps taking you back to your page. No drop down menu at all with the latest version of Chrome on Win 10.

  47. Kate said on March 22, 2020 at 4:16 am

    Thanks for showing me how to get out of the new design. First I didn’t enjoy the restricted field of vision, asp. as then cldn’t see the forest to get out.

    1. George said on March 26, 2020 at 4:51 pm

      hello Miss Kate. Can you tell me how you did it? thank you

  48. Anonymous said on March 22, 2020 at 10:05 pm

    Thanks for the almost correct hint for switching to old Faceboo layout.

    I’d rather say click on the top right icon of the new facebook (which look like a drop-down arrow)

    not the profile icon :) Hehe.. Hurdy mate. It happens to all of us. At least you tried isnt it?

  49. Greg said on March 23, 2020 at 1:16 am

    has Facebook canceled this new look? i still got the old one. ( Australia )

    1. Greg said on March 23, 2020 at 1:19 am

      Nevermind, i , i see it now . i dont mind it, as im not in Facebook 24×7 so i wont care

  50. PATRICIA J BANKS said on March 28, 2020 at 2:35 am

    Hate the new Facebook !!!! Well this is one way to get a lot of us off facebook. Hope some one starts something new.

  51. Debbswrx said on March 30, 2020 at 6:40 pm

    If anyone knows how to switch back to the classic style please let me know, on my pc fb, i can do it because there is a drop down on the right and it says switch back but on my partners pc fb he hasn’t got the option, even tried logging him on my pc to see if it made a difference

  52. John Hopkins said on March 31, 2020 at 1:17 pm

    Hate this New Facebook, how can I return to the original ? There isn’t a Menu at the Top right of screen? Get me off this New F/book Or I will leave period.

    1. Irenka Huttunen said on April 1, 2020 at 9:21 pm

      Click on the down arrow in the top right. There is an option to switch back to old FB in that drop down menu

      1. Janet said on April 5, 2020 at 4:01 am

        I have clicked on that triangle dozens of times, and absolutely nothing happens. I’m supposed to be uploading some photos for a friend , and I can’t do it. From the above comments, this “new FB” only works if you have a touch screen…

  53. alo mozumder said on April 2, 2020 at 2:22 pm

    i can not active fb dark mood in desktop pc….also cant find dark mood from menu icon,,can you help me?

  54. Ron Williams said on April 4, 2020 at 5:35 pm

    I hate it, hate it, hate it. Why can’t they leave things alone instead of meddling all the time.

  55. Gerald D. Wall said on April 8, 2020 at 1:17 am

    I decided to try it, it won’t show my page and there is no return to classic in the drop down menu. So I have to say I hate it.

  56. Jonathon Dabell said on April 8, 2020 at 1:29 pm

    My wife tried the new version, hated it, clicked the drop down menu and got the option to switch back.
    I tried the new version, hated it, tried to switch back but I don’t have that option. I read on another site that a number of people globally are not being the option to switch back because they’re part of a test group. Effectively, they’re being forced to keep it so FB can monitor their experience. That has annoyed me even more. I’m considering coming off altogether and going on a different social media platform. Really disappointed and frustrated. For me, virtually nothing works properly on the new version, or, at least, nothing works quickly or easily. It’s utter crap.

  57. Ann Lynn Liedholm said on April 9, 2020 at 11:41 pm

    The new layout doesn’t work all the time. It freezes for me and in the evening it may work better!!! I do not like it, because you cannot depend on it working!!! My cell phone works perfectly, but my computer not so!! Anybody else with the same problem and what did you do to solve it; I tried to go back to classic, but you cannot!!!

  58. Behealthis.Com said on April 13, 2020 at 1:10 am

    The completely overhauled Facebook desktop design first mentioned at F8 2019 last May has been slowly rolling out to users, and the social network said Thursday that the majority of people now have access to the new look, which includes dark mode for the first time.

  59. Marsha A. said on April 17, 2020 at 4:59 am

    Was shocked when this new format was forced on me. Thank you for the “road map” back to the old one. The new one sucks. Unable to perform functions the old one allows. Wont use it until the old fromat is not available.

  60. Rita Suiter said on April 20, 2020 at 9:34 pm

    I’ve tried everything to switch back to Classic and nothing works. Every time I click or scroll down on the bar, there is no option to switch back. If I clock on anything at the top where my profile picture is, it opens a new tab and depicts nothing. I’ve reached out to FB; however, no help at all. Is there anything else I can try? Luckily, I didn’t change it on my iPhone or iPad – only on my PC that I use daily. Thanks.

  61. Sidney said on April 23, 2020 at 10:51 pm

    My classic version started to randomly flash and not show my timeline except to one item at the top.
    I switched to the new version and found I didn’t like it, so switched back with the same result.

  62. Judy Anzo said on April 24, 2020 at 11:35 pm

    how to get back to old facebook 2019, I’m in some kind of testing, and I can’t switch back.HELP, HELP,
    I read all the comments, but no solutions.

  63. Nisa Maverick said on April 29, 2020 at 11:53 pm

    hell the new look is like a mobile app its terrible keep the original for the website look hate that new look

  64. Dwaelf said on May 2, 2020 at 3:42 pm

    Well they said ‘try it – you can always switch back if you don’t like it.’ So, I tried it. And now I want to switch back because even the limited functionality it had before seems to have disappeared and……………… I can’t.

  65. Lissie said on May 13, 2020 at 12:31 pm

    Hated it – difficult if not impossible to find anything, blocks of whitespace everywhere, ability to look at comments restricted. Dreadful experience, so I went back to the Classic FB. IF they force me to go onto the New FB then I am out.

  66. Katy Bejarano said on May 13, 2020 at 9:08 pm

    So very frustrating – clicking on the down arrow at top right on my PC shows NO options, let alone ‘go back to Classic’! I don’t see a Menu icon anywhere, so have to deal with the bright white screen.

    And I don’t see where I can access my previous posts in a ‘Timeline’ – not just a few from 4 years ago! Nor can I access the posts from yesterday even…

    How long will it that Facebook to fix this??? It is my lifeline to friends all over – especially while we have to stay at home. What a horrible time to put out this change!

  67. John Foliot said on May 14, 2020 at 1:31 am

    The new design sucks – period! If and when FaceBook tries to impose that on the desktop version is when I leave FaceBook for good.

    I’ve already deleted the app from my phone (in favor of and FaceBook should recognize when to leave well enough alone.

  68. Jane S said on May 14, 2020 at 7:07 pm

    Can some company please come up with a competing social media platform to Facebook to give them some reason to actually improve (fix their broken, inconsistent operating system clients and random feature changing) rather than this rubbish? Thanks on behave of the human race.

  69. Nancy said on May 18, 2020 at 7:22 am

    On my android tablet I don’t have that arrow on top right and no option anywhere to switch back so I deleted the program. I still have classic on my computer but as I don’t use computer much facebook isn’t much use anymore. Funny that I can have classic on one device but not the other. Only used fb to stay in touch with family. Not interested in all the other stuff such groups etc. Anyway guess I’m more or less done with it. Will find another app to use

  70. hunyango said on May 19, 2020 at 4:17 pm

    i hate it and then i have a second thought, i hate it still… and then i have a really hard 3rd and last thought, then realised that I REALLY REALLY REALLY F*—– HATE IT!!!

  71. Donna Robinson said on May 22, 2020 at 2:01 pm

    The new format absolutely bites! Most of the icons don’t respond. When I click on my Profile icon to change back to classic, a new tab opens but nothing every loads. And where the hell do you log out?

  72. Susan said on May 29, 2020 at 5:34 am

    I hate the new look and have no option to switch back to classic. Anyone found a way? This sucks. I do not like change. I mean stupid pandemic is enough stress…not FB too please!

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