Aug 2011

Disabling Facebook’s New Photo Light Box

“Oh look! New pictures of my nephew. He’s getting so big! :click: Wait, what the…?”

If your reaction was anything like mine then it’s probably safe to assume you’re not too happy with Facebook’s new image light box. My problem isn’t so much with the light box itself, it’s actually the black background that drives me totally nuts! At first I was hitting F5 (refresh) every time I clicked on a picture which bypassed the light box. If you’ve tried that then you already know how quickly it gets old. I searched around for a more permanent method and was so happy I found one.

Rambo Cat

I decided to go with a picture of my cat to protect the innocent.

If you’re using Firefox then you can install a Greasemonkey script that will permanently disable the light box. Greasemonkey is a Firefox extension that allows you to write scripts that alter the web pages you visit. You can use it to make a web site more readable or more usable. Download the “Facebook Lightbox Killer” script here. But be sure to install Greasemonkey first.

There was  a Chrome solution but apparently the Light box Killer has been removed from Google as per facebook’s request.

If you’re not ready to completely give up on the light box here are a few non-permanent solutions:

  • Refresh/Reload the page
  • Right Click picture then “Open in New Tab”
  • Remove the text ‘&theater’ from the address bar, when the picture is in theater mode, and press enter



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