How To Revert Or Change Back To Old Facebook Photo Viewer
If you haven’t noticed it yet, there’s something new when it comes to viewing photos or images with Facebook. The Facebook developers rolled-out a new Facebook Photo viewer earlier this February and this is not something new. The last change they’ve made and rolled out before this recent one was last November 2011 where there’s a promise of delivering us bigger and faster photos. The change was made after Facebook received so many feedback from the end-users and made a much cleaner photo viewer interface with the use of a light box. This light box photo viewer had a white background which will lead your eyes to focus only on the image and blurring all other contents around that box. Facebook developers didn’t stopped there and now they made another change which looks like more of Google+ (plus) photo viewer to us.
The image above is how a Google+ photo viewer layout looks like. The light box is an overlay window that opens when you click on an image. If you will notice, the image overlay is in the center surrounded by a black frame and on the right side is a scroll-able frame that is used for the tags and messages or comments for a certain image. While if you look below, this is the new Facebook photo viewer layout and as you can see the two photo viewer does really look the same overlay layout.
Now, not all of us are fans of Facebook never-ending evolution. We all know that Facebook has been working a lot from time to time on making major changes on their social networking platform. And most of Facebook users are not really happy with these changes and leading them to find ways to get the old and classic look of Facebook – the first time when they first fell in love with it.
So if you don’t like this changes with how you view your photos, there’s actually a work-around to bring back the classic look Facebook photo viewer in two ways. These methods had been tested on IE8, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. The trick is just to hit the “Refresh” button on your browser or press F5 to trigger a soft refresh on your browser and when your browser reloads, you will notice that the overlay is no longer in effect and you will again see the Facebook classic look photo viewer. If this doesn’t work, then you can do a hard-refresh on your browser and that is by pressing CTRL+F5 simultaneously which will do the same trick above.
I made a short video below on how this methods will work to bring back the old classic Facebook photo viewer.