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Facebook redesign goes live for everyone, dark mode included

Mashable 08 May 2020 04:00

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Last year, Facebook announced a major redesign with more white space, or the opposite, if you choose dark mode. Now it's going live for everyone. 

The company says the new design makes it easier to find features such as Videos, Games, and Groups. The new desktop site, which shares many design traits with Facebook's mobile app, should also load faster than before. 

And then there's the dark mode, a highly coveted feature that mimics similar dark mode options on sites and services such as Twitter and Slack. Besides looking cool (if darkness is your thing), it also reduces your screen's brightness and minimizes screen glare, and might be easier on the eyes when working in low light conditions. It should also offer a better experience when watching videos on Facebook. 

The new look takes many design cues from Facebook's mobile apps.

The new look takes many design cues from Facebook's mobile apps.

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Finally, the new design makes it easier to create Events, Pages, Groups, and ads. You can preview a new Group that you're starting in real time, and see what it will look like on mobile devices before it goes live. 

The old design had an extra column that looked better on wider screens. More importantly, the blank space would appear around all of the content as you widened the window, not between the main column and the sidebars. Finally, the old design had stronger lines separating elements on the page, such as the contact list, making it slightly easier to tell them apart. 

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