Whenever an online application makes major changes to the UI, the result is a setback – and Twitter is no exception. The recent redesign of the desktop is based on the look and feel of the mobile app (an appearance that some long-standing Twitter users, to say the least, do not like).
The changes are obvious as soon as you look at the new UI. The modest command menu, which was previously at the top of the page, has now been moved with surprisingly large letters to the left of the feed. The column with the trends that appeared to the left of the feed is now on the right, while the small profile box in the upper left corner, where your tweets and subsequent counts are displayed, is not visible. To get this data, you must now go to your profile page.
If you prefer the older interface, do not get annoyed too much. At least for the moment, there are some ways to return to the old Twitter look.
An extension called GoodTwitter, contributed by Zusor, may make your Twitter interface look like an outdated version. It's available for both Chrome and Firefox.
You only need to download the extension from the Chrome Web Store or the Firefox Add-on Manager. If you then go to your Twitter page and do not see an immediate change, try clearing your cache and / or reloading the page.
Modify Your Firefox Configuration
] If you're a Firefox user who would prefer a do-it-yourself method, you can get the same results by changing the configuration of your browser.
- In the main address field, type about: config .
- Firefox may warn you against voiding your warranty. (That's fine, right?) Click the "I accept the risk!" Button.
- Right-click anywhere on the page and choose New> String.
- A pop-up box prompts you to enter the name of the preset. Type general.useragent.override.twitter.com and click "OK."
- The field now prompts you to enter the value of the string preference name. Type Mozilla / 5.0 (Windows NT 6.3; Trident / 7.0; rv: 11.0) as Gecko.
The line is added to the others in listed commands The Page. If you load Twitter now, you will get the older UI. (You may need to clear your cache and / or restart the browser before you see the change.)
By the way, if you change your mind and want to return to the new UI, this is pretty easy. Go back to about: config right-click on the added line and select "Reset". The value of the line disappears and the line itself is deleted the next time the browser is restarted. Twitter will return to his old new self.
(For more information on this and other methods for tweaking the Twitter interface in Firefox and Chrome, see a very useful Reddit thread.)
A Temporary Fix  If you do not mind a temporary fix, there is There are a number of menu options that display the old interface in every browser – until you reload the app. Just open Twitter and follow this command sequence:
- Click "(…) More" in the left menu
- Go to "Settings and Privacy"> "About Twitter"> "Directory"  A new Twitter tab opens. Click on "Home" and you are in the old interface.
However, keep in mind that once you reload the app, you'll have to go through it all over again.
One more thing to Remember: Twitter can fix any of these errors at any time, so these fixes may only be part of a temporary compensation. Enjoy them as long as you can.
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