How to Disable and Hide the Facebook Chat

After hard and long resistance, I finally gave up and recently signed up for Facebook. I am still not excited about it and quite deeply believe it can mainly bring negatives to people who post all kind of personal stuff. But anyway, since I am using it already from time to time, the single most annoying thing that caught my attention immediately (in the otherwise clean and arguably intuitive interface) was the fixed positioned chat box at the bottom of all pages. There was simply no way to remove it even if I didn't want to use the chat at all. And guess what, it seems the past few days that small collapsed box at the bottom has been transformed into a complete sidebar pushing the rest of the page to the left which is even more annoying (this seems to happen if the browser window is wide enough). Me doesn't like this at all so I am now sharing my solution to this annoyance with you...

Just install this small user script in your browser (Opera, Chrome, Firefox via Greasemonkey or Safari via GreaseKit):

and remove that chat floating box/sidebar for good! As a bonus, it will make sure you always appear unavailable for chat. Second bonus - when the sidebar is removed, the rest of the page will be perfectly centered in your browser window again. Yay!

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  • I hope this also helps: When I click on the message bubble on top, in the FB banner area next to the Home button, it automatically opens the chat box when I try to send a message to a friend.

    If I want to send a message to a friend, via the chat box, wouldn't I just click on the tiny chat box? Why even have the nice, large, message option on top if it only forces you to use the chat box? (I know I can, then, click on "view full conversation" or "see all" and it will THEN take me to the old, normal message area. But I want it to just take me there like it used to. Thanks! I am trying it now.

    #8 by: Mia on May 10, 2014 at 17:25
  • Dear Sir, I'm writing this just to thank you. Facebook kept logging me on, even when I had turned chat off minutes before. It was driving me crazy. Thanks.

    #7 by: Galeno Lima on January 27, 2013 at 01:52
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    @W Bailey
    Just tested with the same Chrome version on Mac. I added it without any issues. How do you try to do it? You'd just click on the link and a confirmation should appear on the bottom of your browser window..

    #6 by: Vasil Dinkov on July 11, 2012 at 18:44
  • Sorry, I meant "can not get it added ti chrome"

    #5 by: W Bailey on July 7, 2012 at 15:50
  • Can get it to add to chrome with the programs indicated. Using Chrome 20.0.1132.47 version.


    #4 by: W Bailey on July 7, 2012 at 15:49
  • no thanks.

    #3 by: Pardeep on May 18, 2012 at 12:40
  • no need to hide chat

    #2 by: gursewak on May 17, 2012 at 08:06
  • Thanks! Facebook Chat has been re-enabling itself constantly on me for the last two days. I was on the verge of closing my account until I found this script!

    #1 by: Jodi Mullen on July 17, 2011 at 18:30