How to Customize Your Facebook News Feed - dummies

How to Customize Your Facebook News Feed

By Carolyn Abram

On Facebook you have some control over your News Feed’s Top Stories and Recent Stories. The easiest way to influence your News Feed is to let it know when you don’t Like a post. Whenever you hover over a particular story, a small icon resembling a lowercase letter v, called a caron, appears in its upper-right corner. Clicking the caron reveals a menu.


You have several options when it comes to posts:

  • Unmark as Top Story (Top Stories Only): You can also accomplish this by clicking the blue corner on News Feed stories.

  • Hide Story: This option simply hides an offensive, annoying, or boring post from appearing in your News Feed. Sometimes people post something without realizing that all their friends can see it. This option lets you not see it without hiding that person permanently.

  • Report Story or Spam: This is one that you (hopefully) won’t need to use very much. Although your friends might sometimes post less-than-interesting statuses, they probably aren’t spamming you. Unfortunately, the applications they use might sometimes do that. If you see an application posting something that seems way too promotional or that is selling something fishy (like an iPad for 50 bucks), mark it as spam. Facebook uses these reports to determine whether applications need to be shut down.

  • Subscribe Status: Use these settings to fine-tune the level of content you see from a friend in your News Feed.

  • All Updates: You’ll see every post from that friend in your News Feed.

  • Most Updates: No change to the amount of posts that currently appear from that friend in your News Feed.

  • Only Important: Limit News Feed posts from that friend to major life events, such as an engagement or graduation.

  • Unsubscribe from (story type) by Friend: Perhaps you have a friend who’s a top-notch photographer. You love flipping through her gorgeous portraits, but wish they weren’t sandwiched between mundane status updates about the ins and outs of her profession. This handy option lets you unsubscribe from a particular story type, such as photos, status updates, or comments and Likes.

  • Unsubscribe from Friend: If you choose to unsubscribe from a person, you won’t see their posts in your News Feed anymore, but you remain Facebook friends.

If the caron doesn’t quite do the trick, you can always edit the options to further control what you see in News Feed. To get to the Edit Your News Feed Settings dialog box, follow these steps:

  1. Scroll to the bottom of your News Feed.

    This might take a few tries; Facebook has a tendency to simply add on more stories to the bottom of the page when you scroll down.

  2. Click Edit Options.


    This opens the Edit News Feed Settings pop-up box.

This is a list of the Friends, apps, and Pages you have hidden from your News Feed. Anytime you’ve hidden someone, as described in the previous section, they are added into this list, where you can remove them at any time. If you find yourself missing important news from a particular friend, make sure you haven’t hidden them by checking this list. If you have, click the X next to their name to add them back into News Feed.

Don’t forget to click Save when you’re done editing these options. Otherwise, your preferences won’t be applied to News Feed.