Do you have a new desktop Facebook layout? It looks like the social network is testing a new layout in the desktop version of the app. Here is what it gives…
A new desktop version on Facebook
Last week, Facebook’s layout reportedly hit a few users. On the desktop version, almost all navigation elements, menus as well as settings have been moved to the left of the screen, with almost no navigation at the top of the page.
Some users, like Mashable columnist Stan Schroeder, received an in-app update alert explaining the change.
According to Facebook, “We’ve moved all of your browsing options into one place,” he said. “This change combines everything you need on Facebook – your profile, your search, your notifications, your messages, etc. »
You will have noticed that many other desktop applications are aligned in the same way, that is to say on the left, like Twitter or Gmail for example.
Groups on Facebook also have a new layout:
The digital assistant pointed out that the 3×3 grid button offering access to a “full menu” that appears to contain all Facebook options has been updated. Below, there are shortcuts (for Facebook’s Watch video offer for example), and even lower, shortcuts to certain groups.
The only major update on Facebook in two years
This major update is almost the only one in two years on Facebook. Remember, in 2020, the app had launched a desktop design to make it easier to find features like videos, games as well as groups. The new site started sharing many design traits with Facebook’s mobile app in order to load faster than before.
At the same time, the new design makes it easier to create events, pages, groups, and ads. Since 2020, it’s possible to see what a new group you’re starting looks like in real time on mobile devices before it goes live.
Finally, the dark mode on Facebook was now accessible to everyone in order to provide a better experience for watching videos on Facebook, minimize screen reflections, and reduce screen brightness in particular.
If it took a while to adapt, this update eventually passed. So what about the last week?
A disorienting new change?
At first glance, it’s hard to get used to having absolutely nothing at the top right, where some of the most important features and options like notifications and Messenger sometimes show up). It can also be quite disorienting that the Home button is replaced by the Facebook logo button at the top left.
At the moment it is a test that affects a small number of Facebook users, since there is no information about this new redesign on the web yet. So we don’t know if the rollout will be gradual, if users skip the new default design later, and if they can revert to the old version later.
To be continued…