Facebook: How to disable New Photo viewer and get back Old version

Facebook continues to innovate in new and different ways. However, its latest addition has come under a lot of fire. The all new photo viewer for Facebook has not found universal love. Most of its users are instead finding it cumbersome. Today we show you the two simplest ways to get rid of it.

Visit the preview page of the desired photo.

Go to the address bar of the browser. At the end of the address, there is &theaterdelete it.

Or simply press the F5 key.

Whichever way you prefer, the end result is the same. We get rid of the all new photo viewer.

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Ashish Mundhra - February 21, 2011

Or you can hit the close button above the viewer !! Simple

    Ashish Mundhra - February 22, 2011

    I apologies…. I dont know why it worked once but if you are viewing from the wall its not working .. !!!

David - February 21, 2011


I was used to old style.

Priyakshi Sarkar - February 22, 2011

Thanks for letting us know the way. The new photo viewer creates a lot of problem.

Rajat Mishra - February 22, 2011

You can also open any pic in a new tab by either doing a Control + Click or, right click and select open in new tab.
I have found that it’s easier and faster.
Both the above steps need a page to be reloaded, so not ideal for people with limited bandwidth, but otherwise if’s your wish. You have 3 ways now 😉

Faisalkhan - February 22, 2011

Rajat Mishra i followed u thanks

Yogesh - August 19, 2011

Installing Greasemonkey addon for mozilla will also help to disable theatre mode for future.

shan - November 22, 2011

thx 4 post about the old photo viewing @ facebook


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