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How to disable the new Reddit design

by AshwinJune 14, 2018

If you visit Reddit for your news, tech support, your daily aww or jokes, and other discussions, you might have seen a new interface. When you do, you are probably going to ask, how to disable the new Reddit design?

Instead of a full screen interface, which is easy on the eyes, Reddit has opted for a design which screams “designed for mobile devices”. The space utilization on the screen is literally the worst we have ever seen. There are excessive blank spaces on either side, when you visit the website on a monitor.

Thankfully, it has been in a beta test mode so far. Take a look at it yourself (the screenshot featured above). Who in the right mind thought this was a good idea anyway? This absurd resolution scaling (and the bad color theme) has become a problem for many now. Why? Because for some reason, Reddit thinks it is wise to enable beta features for users, without informing them personally or a straight-forward opt-in or opt-out method.

That’s right, if you login to your account, you may find that the new Reddit has been enabled on your account. You can click on the banner which says you can always visit old reddit, but that is only temporarily. New tabs which you open will still have the new reddit design. And of course, there is the fact that the new design will be made permanent sometime in the future.

Before we tell you how to disable the new Reddit design, you should know that you don’t need any third-party browser add-ons for this.

Here’s how to disable the new Reddit design

1. Login to Reddit.com in your PC web browser.
2. Click on the Preferences page.
3. Scroll all the way down till you see “beta options”.
4. Uncheck the box which says “Use the redesign as my default experience”.
5. Click on the “Save options” button.

how to disable the new Reddit design

You may have to reload the page, for the change to take effect. Now try visiting Reddit.com. The good old design should be back.

how to disable the new Reddit design

Ever heard of the expression, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” ? This is one situation, where it really applies, doesn’t it?

If that doesn’t work, it means Reddit is buggy (usually it is not), you can use the https://old.reddit.com/ URL.

That’s all there is. We are not sure how long this option will be available, but for now this is the only way around this.

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