How to remove Facebook’s highlights section

10/24/09

If you haven’t noticed already, you will.  Facebook has changed the layout AGAIN.  What they did was get rid of the highlights section and mash all that crap (that I, and a lot of other people according to the views for this post, DO NOT want to see) into the new newsfeed.  According to this website, the new newsfeed is now basically the crap from the highlights section and the live feed is the old newsfeed.

I don’t want to see what people comment on or who they became friends with, ahh!  Facebook needs to either stop changing so damn frequently, or give us the ability to filter what we see more than only completely removing people, which is currently the only option.  Until either of those things happen, I’m hoping the author of the facebook fixer script can figure something out.  Go to the facebook fixer forum to leave a comment on any of the “broken” features.

Edited 10/13/09 to add more detailed instructions and fix the problem in the Google Chrome directions.

I finally got fed up with the highlights section of Facebook and went searching in the help section for a way to filter out what I see. It turns out there’s no way to filter this irritating section of Facebook. I don’t care what groups my friends recently joined, what pictures they recently commented on, or the fact that a friend became a fan of sleep.

Doing a Google search I came across Facebook Fixer. This offers a lot more customization than simply getting rid of the highlights section, but you can mess around with the other stuff on your own – these directions are purely for removing highlights.

Click on your browser of choice below to jump to that section:

Firefox

  1. The first thing you need to do is go download & install the Greasemonkey add-on in order to use the script in Firefox.
  2. Then you can go to the Facebook Fixer page and install the script.
  3. To get rid of the highlights you hover over the settings link up top on any Facebook page and go to Facebook Fixer or you can right-click on the little monkey face icon in the bottom right of Firefox, go to user script commands, then click on configure Facebook Fixer.

That will bring up a window with a bunch of different ways you can customize how Facebook looks for you.  Go down to the second section, Home Page Customization, to choose what you want to hide. I chose to keep the right column, but unchecked the four boxes below it. I found that choosing to hide the right column also hid group and friend requests. I still want to see those so I just hid everything else.

homepagecustomization

Result:
homepage

This script also checks for updates automatically, which is a very nice feature.

Google Chrome

There’s a Chrome greasemonkey-like add-on that is in the works but as of the day of this post, the program crashes after trying to open it. Clearly more work needs to be done. I did find another way to use the Facebook Fixer script for Chrome and it works great so far.

  1. The first thing you want to do is edit the Chrome shortcuts you use by right-clicking them and going to properties. Change it so the target line has – -enable-user-scripts at the end, after the quotation mark.

There are 2 dash marks in front of the word enable, wordpress merges them into one dash so I put a space there to help make it more obvious, there is no space between the dashes – just 2 of them.

  1. Navigate to this folder %userprofile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default. Easiest way is to probably go to your start menu -> run.
  2. Create a folder titled User Scripts.
  3. Now download Facebook Fixer by right-clicking on install now and then save link as…. Save it in the User Scripts folder you created.

You should be able to refresh the page to see it work, if not then close and reopen it. Now you can just hover over the settings menu on your Facebook page and the settings for the script will be at the bottom. The only thing I noticed is that the menu doesn’t come up right away, but that doesn’t really matter. Chrome is FAR faster than Firefox. I’m impressed so far.

If the script doesn’t work for you, you may need to download the Google Chrome Channel Changer and choose the beta channel. I have mine on stable and it works fine.

Opera

  1. You do not need an add-on to run the script in Opera, but you do need to create a new folder in the directory to to save the script after downloading.  Unless you changed the default path it saves to, navigate to C:\Program Files\Opera\ either by going to my computer or you can copy/paste that path into start -> run box, then create a new folder called user scripts.
  2. Now go download Facebook Fixer by right-clicking on the install button and selecting save linked content as…. Save it in the new folder you just created above and replace the 8861 in the name with FacebookFixer, that way you can actually figure out what it is later, if you ever need to.

userscriptsfolder

  1. In Opera, go to the tools menu -> preferences ->advanced tab -> content on the left in the middle section -> then javascript options.
  2. Under User JavaScript files on the bottom click the choose button and find the user scripts folder where the script is saved.
    jscriptoptions
  3. Click Ok, Ok again and close then reopen Opera so it can load the script when it starts up this time.

Now all you have to do is go to your Facebook page and hover over the settings up top. It might take a couple seconds, but when the menu appears Facebook Fixer should be at the bottom so you can click on it and edit the settings to get rid of the highlights section. See my Firefox section for the settings I chose, which got rid of highlights, but kept the group and friend requests. If you check the box to get rid of the entire right column, it includes any type of request.

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  1. #1 by Med Touhami MAHDI (@Dragnucs) on August 14, 2012 - 9:38 PM

    Thanx, you saved me from throwing my computer through the window

  2. #2 by Ellen on December 9, 2011 - 8:51 PM

    Thanks! that solved the Highlights mess that Facebook got us into.

  3. #3 by Rob Verhagen on April 6, 2010 - 6:41 AM

    Careful how you use greasemonkey and stylish, but what is great is if you mess up, you can just turn it off or install another script that someone else has put together. I have used Stylish to get rid of all the adverts and to change all the colours of facebook.

  4. #4 by Mike on December 18, 2009 - 9:52 PM

    Does not work in Chrome for me, tried everything on here.

  5. #5 by Glenn on October 24, 2009 - 6:42 PM

    Thanks for enabling me to get rid of the right column. It was getting out of hand once FB started asking me to tell friends to add a photo or who they should be friends with.

    Now, hopefully, the next improvement to Facebook Fixer will be to get rid of all the things friends do (e.g., added Joe Doe as a friend) and other junk.

  6. #6 by nina on October 22, 2009 - 12:09 AM

    I believe I found the source to the problem.

    FB highlights – to put it in the simplest way – works like Amazon.com or any other advanced websites where they can “track” what you like.

    In this line of thought, if you contact or leave status msgs to certain people, notice that these people will normally appear in your highlights section. If you don’t want to see them, I think you can delete those people from your inbox and also refrain from dropping comments etc.

    This might not be the WHOLE solution but I do feel there is some truth to it 😛

    • #7 by jen3ral on October 22, 2009 - 5:33 PM

      Just because I talk to them doesn’t mean I care what photos they commented on or what groups they joined. There should be an option to filter it, I’m surprised FB still hasn’t come up with a solution.

      • #8 by nina on October 22, 2009 - 8:26 PM

        Yeah but it helps to at least get rid of some of these people!!! =)

  7. #9 by Anonymous on October 21, 2009 - 1:01 PM

    Thx for this little script, I hate the highlights cause I have certain people banned and certain people have me banned as well yet when I look on their I can see their name but no picture…aka EX-GIRLFRIENDS suck lol thx again

  8. #10 by ashleychristian on October 15, 2009 - 7:31 PM

    Thank you thank you, SO nice to have that fixed!

  9. #11 by ms k on October 13, 2009 - 10:57 AM

    Great fix and so easy even this non-geek got it to work. Thanks!

  10. #12 by fb hater on October 2, 2009 - 7:00 PM

    i am going to have to come back
    the highlights section is so freakin upsetting to me right now

    and yes the main reason i want is gone is disgusting videos my cousin is posting on his page, its not enough that i dont care to know what goes on in his page, now i have to freakin remove the highlights section because of a vid he posted…*BARFS*

    • #13 by Diane on October 12, 2009 - 6:48 PM

      I have the same issue and I just spent two hours searching on Facebook for a way to rid myself of a low and creepy video link in Highlights from a friend. There’s a time and place for it, but not on my page.

  11. #14 by mike d. on September 30, 2009 - 11:39 PM

    I’m using google chrome and i couldn’t enable user scripts. every time i tried adding it into the target line it wouldn’t let me. could someone give a detailed walkthrough for installing it on chrome? i’d really appreciate it.

    • #15 by jen3ral on October 6, 2009 - 2:06 PM

      You want to make sure you put -enable-user-scripts after the last quotation mark, with a space in between.

      I just tried this on my machine at work and it isn’t working. Something may have changed, I’ll have to go back and mess with it at home.

  12. #18 by Anonymous on September 11, 2009 - 3:24 PM

    Worked like a charm!!

  13. #19 by Guðríður Pé on September 3, 2009 - 2:09 AM

    THANK YOU…!!! I was going crazy with all of the disgusting videos that were alwasy poping up in highlights…

    Im so very happy

    you’re the best

  14. #20 by gayannn on August 31, 2009 - 10:39 AM

    it really works.thnx

  15. #21 by Shash on August 8, 2009 - 7:31 AM

    It worked well IF YOU FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS 🙂 Thanks

    I had not be on the home page but actually ON the settings page.

  16. #22 by Andrew on July 27, 2009 - 10:16 PM

    This article has been a life saver. Thank you so much!

    • #23 by Tek on August 1, 2009 - 8:30 AM

      fucking awesome. Indeed, a life saver

  17. #24 by Martijn Wismeijer on June 22, 2009 - 2:09 PM

    Wow! Thanks! I dropped all my existing facebook scripts and replaced them all with this single script.

    I absolutely love the auto-update function and the way the script integrates with the settings menu.

  18. #25 by Vaughan on June 14, 2009 - 9:22 AM

    @ Sangetor – You need to be on a Facebook page with the script installed/enabled to have the “User Script Commands” menu active. You can also get to Facebook Fixer’s settings using the “Settings” link in Facebook’s top menu (next to the logout link).

    If anybody is having problems with Facebook Fixer just post a message and I’ll try to help – http://userscripts.org/scripts/discuss/8861

  19. #26 by specsinf on June 7, 2009 - 6:50 PM

    I stand corrected. After I closed and reopened Firefox, it works now…great…this is outstanding

  20. #27 by specsinf on June 7, 2009 - 6:34 PM

    No longer works, tried to remove the Highlights section

  21. #28 by Sangetor on June 5, 2009 - 3:41 AM

    Can anyone help me please?? I have installed the greasemonkey so that can delete the highlights section but it won’t let me select the ‘User Script Commands.’
    Any suggestions/help??
    Cheers

  22. #29 by walter churchill on May 31, 2009 - 7:19 PM

    I was just able to remove the entire right column on the Facebook page using Firefox add=ons Adblock Plus and AdBlock Plus Element Hiding Helper. After installing both of these Add-ons add the following to “My Element Hiding Rules”

    facebook.com#div(class*=UIHomeBox)

    Seems to be working without any problem.

    • #30 by walter churchill on May 31, 2009 - 9:14 PM

      After getting on and off facebook many times YAHOO…Suggestions are gone, Highlights are gone…the whole right column is gone. No more useless crap on the right side of the home page.

  23. #31 by oilyflutesalad on April 21, 2009 - 8:26 PM

    I’m not sure exactly what’s going on your end, but my guess is either it hasn’t updated properly or you didn’t get the update to the update. The latter would mean bad timing, because I noticed a slight problem and updated it again within a couple minutes.

    There’s nothing in the style any more that would cause it to screw up because of the friend suggestions. The suggestions part has an id of “pymk_hp_box” whereas I’m hiding highlights and highlights only, with a unique class of “UIHotStream UIStream”.

    What exactly is (was) going wrong for you? If you don’t want to install it again to test then that’s fine, but I’d like to make sure it’s bug-free for the other 5,000+ people that could be using it.

    • #32 by jen3ral on April 21, 2009 - 10:12 PM

      I already posted in your bug forum what was going on. I saw that you released one fix and I tried that but it didn’t make a difference. Having the suggestions there, whether it’s friends suggestions or group suggestions seem to break the script somehow. If you’ve release another update since that one, I didn’t try it.

      • #33 by oilyflutesalad on April 22, 2009 - 9:18 AM

        Ok, well that bug’s been fixed so there’s nothing to worry about on my part. I was just making sure the [second] fix didn’t introduce some other random bug with similar screwups. Thanks, now I can get on with my generator lol.

  24. #34 by jen3ral on April 21, 2009 - 11:44 AM

    Even the edited code on the script’s page breaks when there are suggestions. I’ll have to find another one to use.

  25. #35 by oilyflutesalad on April 21, 2009 - 3:01 AM

    Hi, I’m in the process of updating my style right now. I had some problems with my Internet connection over the past few days so I wasn’t able to check comments so sorry about the delay.

    @Pissed off Facebookuser: It wasn’t working because of a bug caused by the “People you may know” section. When I wrote the last update Facebook wasn’t giving me any friend suggestions, nor the people I had test it, so I didn’t realise that would affect it. I’ve just updated the style again so this problem shouldn’t happen any more, at the cost of still having the Highlights title visible.

    Nick, you’re right. I wrote it for Stylish so it’s just pure CSS. I don’t have Greasemonkey but it should work on both.

    To anyone using Stylish: I’ve commented all the code, so if you want to customise it you should find it pretty easy. From the code block in the blog, I’m guessing Greasemonkey removes the whitespace so it’s a bit harder to see where you are but still possible.

    I’m in the process of writing a style generator, so that will generate the Stylish code for you, all you’ll have to do is choose which sections you want to remove. This will be online at http://www.lastfacebook.com so check there for updates.

    Also, I’ve just created a group on Facebook for an easy way to let people know when I update the style / website. There isn’t anything on it while I’m writing this, but if you join the group I’ll post updates as they come. http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=74162283330

  26. #36 by Pissed off Facebookuser on April 20, 2009 - 6:50 PM

    This thing doesn’t work don’t bother with it.

  27. #37 by jen3ral on April 17, 2009 - 5:15 PM

    Yeah, that’s what it’s doing. I just haven’t worked with CSS in so long so I’m massively rusty.

  28. #38 by Nick on April 17, 2009 - 2:19 PM

    I haven’t taken a look at the source of this script, but in all likelyhood it is just editing some css to {display:none;} and the same effect can had if you have the firefox stylish addon. It allows you to write custom css styles for specific websites.

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