How To: Disable Facebook Chat

In a recent block post, I promoted Safari Add-in AdBlock, and it’s ability to rid your browsing experience of those annoying in page adverts.

Now I have taken this a step further, and using one of AdBlock’s manual filters I have now managed to completely remove the Facebook Chat applet completely. I am not a fan of Facebook chat, and it’s complete unreliability. Because of this I am always set to ‘offline’ mode. Which makes the button a waste of screen real estate.

You too can hide the button, simply by adding the manual filter below into AdBlock settings.

  1. Launch Safari
  2. Click on the Safari menu option
  3. Click Preferences
  4. Click on the Extensions tab
  5. Click on the option to launch AdBlock settings
  6. Click on the Customise tab
  7. Click on the edit filters button and paste in the following line:[class=”fbNubButton”]
  8. Your edit box should now look like the one below in Fig A. Now click on the save button
  9. Relaunch Safari and visit your Facebook page, you should find the button has now gone!
Fig A

Mike Hudson

Mike Hudson is a Lead Cyber Security Analyst living and working in Kingston Upon Hull. With extensive experience in Microsoft and Apple technologies, ranging from desktop OS’s to Server OS’s and hardware. By day working as part of an infrastructure team, and by night ridding the world of IT issues through blog posts..

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