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Social Fixer 18.0 Release Notes

logo_detailed_20053_thumb Social Fixer Version 18.0 is primarily a maintenance release, but it also introduces a few new features as well.

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Install the 18.0 update from SocialFixer.com


New Features

  • “Show Photo Tags” [User Interface]: Display the auto-generated tag text that Facebook applies to pictures when you hover over them.


  • “Check For Filtered Messages” [General]: Facebook filters and hides messages it thinks are from people you don’t know - often in error. Social Fixer now alerts you when you have filtered messages


  • “Mark All Read”: Mark as read all posts above or below the selected post by holding Shift or Ctrl (Command on Mac) when clicking the “Mark Read” icon


  • “Short” Post Timestamps [General]: Optionally fix post timestamps and use a shorter format, like “12/31/2016 12:34:56 AM”


  • “Hide Most Recent switch messages” [Advanced]: When auto-switched to the Most Recent feed, disable the message ribbon saying you were switched


  • “Stealth Mode” [Wrench menu]: Once enabled, will now stay enabled after page reloads, until manually disabled
  • “Trending” tweaks: A “settings” link now appears in the Trending box, which shows controls to toggle Headline Summaries and Popularity Bars


  • Clear the red “Social Fixer Notification” # on the wrench with the new “clear” link in the menu
  • “Notification Popup” [User Interface]: Moved from the Experimental section, this feature creates a pop-out panel of your Notifications for easy access

Significant Fixes and Changes

  • “Always Show Tab List” [Advanced]: Now makes the control panel and tab list appear even if filtering is disabled, so the “All Posts” count can be seen
  • “Storage Check” is now only run once a day, and should avoid false positives that have plagued some users
  • Filtering fix for filters based on specific Apps

Under The Hood / Technical Details

  • Fixed timing issues that caused some features to fail occasionally
  • CSS Selector filters can now use :contains() to match text content of elements (for advanced users, to be used in the updated Sponsored Posts filter)
  • Allow custom hideables definition in Debug tab (only for advanced users)
  • Updated styles of Filter Condition rows for better display
  • Fixed a bug in removing leading | in filter regular expression, and automatically ignores ||
  • Fixes to auto-switch to most recent to handle more cases correctly
  • Force Post Action Icons to appear in the same place for every post, when hovering

Questions? Problems? Need Support?

The Support Team and the Social Fixer user community can help you out in the Social Fixer Support Group, located here: http://SocialFixer.com/support/

Do you like what you see? Please, Donate to support development!

Matt Kruse, developer of Social Fixer

Hide Facebook Sponsored Posts Using Social Fixer

Tired of seeing all the Sponsored Posts in your News Feed? Luckily there is an easy solution! Social Fixer is a desktop browser extension that lets you tweak and customize Facebook - including the ability to hide all Sponsored and Suggested Posts, for an ad-free Facebook.


How To Hide Sponsored Posts

First, make sure you have Social Fixer installed. If not, head over to the Download Page. It’s available now for all major browsers (sorry, not on mobile).

Next, open Options from the Wrench menu (or Ctrl+Shift+X) and navigate to the “Filters” tab. In the “Filter Subscriptions” section below, find the “Hide Sponsored/Suggested Posts” filter row and click the green “+” button.


This adds the filter to your “Active Filters” list and enables it. Filter subscriptions are post filtering definitions that you can simply enable and forget. They update automatically in the background. As Facebook changes how Sponsored Posts are displayed in your News Feed, Social Fixer will automatically update this filter with new code to hide them!

Save Changes And Refresh

Now just Save Changes in the Options panel, and refresh your News Feed. Now, where Sponsored Posts used to be, there is a small note telling you a post was hidden:


You can click on the message to view the Sponsored Post if you wish.

Don’t Want To See The Messages?

If you don’t want any trace of Sponsored Posts, you can even hide the message. Just navigate back into Options/Filters and click the Edit icon on the Sponsored Posts filter. At the bottom, you can customize the action taken on matching posts.


Uncheck the box to show a note, and save the filter. Even when the filter rules update, your customized action will stay intact.

What Else Can Social Fixer Hide?

Lots of stuff you don’t want to see!

Posts

  • Politics
  • People You May Know
  • Spoilers
  • Any posts by keywords you choose
  • Advanced filtering using custom filters

Parts of the Page

  • Quick links in the left panel
  • Suggested Pages
  • Trending
  • The entire left or right columns
  • Plus much more!

To see what is available to be hidden with a single click, open the wrench menu and choose “Hide/Show Parts of the Page”:

This will highlight areas of the page that can be hidden. Click any green box to hide that section, then click the “Done Hiding” button. Poof! They’re gone, and will not appear on your page anymore.

What Else Can Social Fixer Do?

Much, much more. It enables you to customize your Facebook experience, and adds lots of really useful functionality to enhance it.

Check out the Feature List to see more of what it can do, and explore its many Options.

Questions? Problems? Need Support?

The Support Team and the Social Fixer user community can help you out in the Social Fixer Support Group, located here: http://SocialFixer.com/support/

Do you like what you see? Please, Donate to support development!

Matt Kruse, developer of Social Fixer

How To Remove Status Background Colors Using Social Fixer

Facebook recently introduced a new feature allowing some users (on mobile) to add background colors and gradients to their status updates, which are visible to everyone.

Some people feel that these posts are large and obnoxious, but Facebook offers no way to hide the colors. Luckily, Social Fixer does, and it’s easy!

How To Hide Post Backgrounds

First, make sure you have Social Fixer installed. If not, head over to the Download Page.

Then open Options from the wrench menu and navigate to the Display Tweaks tab and look in the “Available Display Tweaks” section near the bottom. Click the [+] icon to enable this Display Tweak.


Now click “Save Changes” and refresh your page. You should see all “colored background” status updates converted to normal posts. The obnoxious colors are gone!


How To Go Back

Easy - just go back into Options - Display Tweaks and uncheck the Enabled checkbox for this Tweak.


What Else Can Social Fixer Do?

Social Fixer lets you take full control over your Facebook experience by filtering your news feed, hiding parts of the page you don’t want to see, hiding Sponsored posts and ads, change appearance, and lots more.

Check out the Feature List to see more of what can do, and play around with all the options to customize it however you wish. Enjoy!

Questions? Problems? Need Support?

The Support Team and the Social Fixer user community can help you out in the Social Fixer Support Group, located here: http://SocialFixer.com/support/

Do you like what you see? Please, Donate to support development!

Matt Kruse, developer of Social Fixer