Facebook are rolling out a change to the Chat Sidebar that shrinks it down to a narrow strip of your friends profile picture icons. The sidebar expands to also show their names if you move your mouse over the sidebar.
A major problem with this, is you will not likely know all the current profile pics of your friends by sight, and not all your friends have a picture of their own face as their profile pic. so it means extra fiddling about to see who is online, whereas before you could easily see at a glance. Another problem is that FB Purity’s Chat specific functions don’t work with the narrow Chat Sidebar version.
They only show this narrow strip if the browser is not wide enough, but luckily there is a simple solution to get the old fully expanded chatbar, with your friends names visible, back, and that work wtih FBP’s chat customization options.
Methods for getting the Old Style Facebook Chat Sidebar Back
Method 1 – Expand Your Browser’s Width
1) If you don’t have your browser full screen already, expand your browser’s width until the old style chat bar returns.
If the first method doesnt work is not applicable, the second method should work for you.
Method 2 – Adjust Your Browser’s Zoom Level
1) Decrease your browser’s zoom level. To do this press the “Ctrl” and “-” keys until the chat sidebar returns.
Please Note if you wish to restore your browser’s zoom level to normal you can do so by pressing “Ctrl” and “0” (zero), or alternatively you can increase the zoom level by pressing “Ctrl” and “+”
2) Obviously with the browser zoomed out, the text is going to be harder to read, but you can fix this with the safe, free and top rated FB Purity browser extension’s “Font Size” option, that lets you increase the font size. The font size option is under the “Font, Colours and Design” heading on the FBP options screen, which you can access by clicking the “FBP” link in the top nav bar. Once you have selected the font size you want, tick the “Set” checkbox, and then click the “Save & Close” button.
Hope this helps! :)
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For those who don’t know FB Purity is safe, free and top rated web browser extension, that cleans up and customizes Facebook. It lets you hide all the ads and other junk you don’t want to see on Facebook, and lets you simply the layout, including changing Fonts, Font Size, Font Color, Background colours, Background Picture, Force Facebook to always Sort by Most Recent, alert you when any of your friends block / unfriend or deactivate their accounts, plus hundreds of other useful functions and features.