Facebook has introduced a new simpler and cleaner design for desktop to keep up with the times. The newer, more modern design also includes a dark mode for those who feel that white backgrounds are too harsh to the eyes.
The new look was first revealed in April of last year but was slowly implemented to a few test users at first. But now it seems that the newer design is already available to everyone. If you haven’t seen a notice in your Facebook feed inviting you to try out the new design, you can activate it by clicking the upside down triangle on the top right corner and then selecting “Switch to New Facebook.”
The new look is much sleeker and faster to load compared to the classic design. It also has larger fonts and plenty of white spaces. All in all, the new design has less clutter and is much easier on the eyes. Users who have a hard time reading small text will appreciate the bigger fonts and will no longer resort to using the zoom feature in their browsers.
One noticeable change is that Facebook has gotten rid of the ubiquitous blue bar that has become synonymous with the social networking giant. The search feature was also completely revamped. It’s now faster to get search results and to filter your search results between posts, people, photos, pages, groups and more. If you search for a celebrity, a short biography of that particular celebrity from Wikipedia will be shown as well.
On the top navigation bar, you can quickly switch between Home, Friends, Watch, Marketplace and Groups, just like in the mobile app.
Messaging is also more streamlined, with larger fonts and bigger buttons. You can easily compose a message by clicking the “New message” button on the lower right corner of the screen, and then simply typing the name of the Facebook user.
You can switch to dark mode anytime by clicking the Account button (upside down triangle) on the top right corner and then choosing “Dark Mode.”
If you don’t like the new look, you’re free to go back to the previous design by clicking “Switch to Classic Facebook.”
There’s no word if Facebook plans to make the new look permanent or make it the default design. Users can freely switch between the classic design and the new look anytime they want.
How about you? Do you like the new Facebook design on desktop?