How to Tweak Facebook to Your Liking

Do you like the layout of your Facebook homepage? What about its color scheme? Or that the news ticker sidebar is pissing you off? Do you hide the chat box for good?

While Facebook is addictive, it can be annoying as well. Some of its feature like the news ticker, chat box etc. can be a great distraction and many important news are buried deep in the feed while junk message and spam keep finding their ways to your stream. Luckily, we don’t have to suffer in silence. Here are several browser extensions that you can use to tweak the behavior and theme of Facebook.

1. Social Fixer

Social Fixer is a is a free browser extension for Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Opera (sorry, IE is not supported) that improves the Facebook site by eliminating annoyances and adding lots of great enhancements and functionality.

Once installed, Social Fixer will run you through a series of configuration options. You can get it to show a Post Action toolbar at the top of each news feed, a “Control Panel” at the top of the Facebook page, force the news feed to appear in chronological order and hide the “Top stories” entry.


You can sort the news feed into their own tabs, depending on the application that your friends use to update their Facebook status.


It even allows you to fix the chat behavior, by turning off the chat sidebar on the far right and restore the popup chat list, or if you prefer, hide the chat dock completely.


The best thing about Social Fixer is that you can change the theme of your Facebook page so it looks different from others.


Social Fixer

2. FB Purity

FB Purity is available for both Chrome and Firefox browser and it helps you remove application spam and clutter from your Facebook homepage.

Unlike Social Fixer that runs you through a tutorial to configure the options, FB Purity options window is hidden inside Facebook and you will likely miss it unless you make conscious effort to find it.

Once you have installed FB Purity, go to Facebook and click on the “FB Purity” link at the top of the page. This will open up the option window.


From here, you can select which application, messages, notification, stories, event etc. to appear in your news feed. You can also set the font size and create a list of filter to block spam messages from showing up.

In addition, you can hide any of the boxes on the right sidebar. Under the “More Application” section, you can select which boxes can show up in your screen.


If you are capable of whipping up CSS code, FB Purity also allows you to define your own CSS rules to determine the look and feel of your Facebook page. I would appreciate if the developer can provide a set of pre-defined CSS rules so we just need to modify the value rather than having to code from scratch.


FB Purity (Firefox extensions)
FB Purity (Chrome extensions)

3. FaceTweak

Facetweak is a Firefox only extension that have a rather different set of configuration options from Social Fixer and FBPurity. Once installed, you will be able to configure whether to auto-login to Facebook when you visit the site, to make the header fixed so that it doesn’t move when you scroll down the page, to enable bigger photos, better album, Google Calendar integration etc.


Under the Social tab, you can configure whether to auto confirm friends requests (which I strongly discourage you to do), add a reply button to comments, highlight friends birthday on your home page and many more.


Lastly, FaceTweak comes with a number of themes that you can apply to your Facebook page.




While the above mentioned three extensions allow you to modify the layout and behavior of Facebook, their functionalities are quite different from each other. Personally, I prefer the FaceTweak extension because it comes with auto-login and the fixed header feature which I need it most. Since I am using Firefox most of the time, it doesn’t really bother me of a lack of Chrome extension. However, if you are a die-hard Chrome fan, you probably want to go with Social Fixer or FBPurity. Let us know which one is your favorite, or if you are using any other way to tweak Facebook.


  1. Such great tips, bookmarking this post! I`ll send it to all my friends!

  2. fyi fb purity is also available for opera and safari as well as firefox and chrome, you can get it here:

    there are also easy to add css snippets available for it here:

  3. I put in purity and social fixer on my facebook.  Now I can’t get any messages and am unable to get rid of it.  The sites they come from are not safe according to the pop ups .  I don’t know what to do but I have basically lost my entire face book program.

    1. Both purity and social fixer are just extensions, so you should be able to remove them easily. There is little or zero chance that you will lose the “entire facebook program”. Try uninstall the extensions and all the changes they made will likely be restored.

  4. “This file does not exist” when i try to download facetweak

  5. Why the SocialFixer is not fixed to support IE ! ?
    That’s not right, do not get in the gutter with the US government andf Bill Gates.

    We the Users got nothing to do with that !

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