Facebook: How To Get Only Status Updates on Your FB Home Page

Posted December 21, 2010 by Rob Rogers in Internet

Facebook’s News Feed (and Live Feed) tend to be way to much information to sift through. Everytime that one of your friends becomes someone else’s friend, it ends up on your home page. In fact, it seems that each time any of your friends does anything on Facebook, it is thrown onto your homepage. Here’s how to tame it down to only Status Updates. (Updated for latest facebook update.

This tutorial has been updated for the latest facebook changes. Scroll to the bottom of the article for the new changes.

1. Go to Facebook and login to your account.

2. You will be taken to the home page where you will see either the News Feed or the Live Feed (depending on which one you’ve activated).

3. Go to the menu on the left side of the screen.

4. Click More.

Small gray rectangles will appear to the right of each of the menu entries.

5. Locate Status Updates.

6. Left-click your mouse and drag Status Updates to the top of the menu (place it above News Feed).

7. Release the mouse button.

8. Click Status Updates.

The page will refresh, displaying only the status updates of your friends. To update your staus, click the Update Status button.

Your home page will stay this way unless you change it down the road.


With the new “improved” Facebook profile, the above method no longer works. To get only status updates, go to your Facebook homepage. At the top you will see Top News and Most Recent. Click the downward pointing arrow next to Most Recent. Select Status Updates from the dropdown menu.


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  • http://www.tech-recipes.com David Kirk – Founder/Editor

    LOL. I almost posted the exact same tutorial last night! I think I even uploaded my pictures to the server.

    I decided against it after I realized I missed all the pictures and GreenThumb score updates that you’ll miss by viewing status updates only. 😉

  • Anonymous

    Thanks, very useful.

  • Anonymous

    Nice recipe, thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/6catsCatholic monica l martin

    good tip.. thanks!

  • Nordzin

    Thank you – really useful.

  • Anonymous

    cant get farmville back on help

    • Anonymous

      Type your reply…

  • Anonymous

    I am not able to do this…
    Is this feature removed now?

    • where is it

      I can’t either, can’t filter to see only status updates, where did it go ???

      • Anonymous

        Update to this article coming in the next 24 hrs. Thanks for pointing out the changes.

      • Anonymous

        Article updated.

    • http://www.tech-recipes.com/ Rob Rogers

      Looking at it.

  • Anonymous

    Shamanstears as updated the article… Thanks for everybody who pointed out that the older way no longer worked. Directions for the new method have been added.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Waki-Don-Waka/100001799493589 Waki Don Waka

    I’ve modified my face frontp. by “Edit Options” settings. Select Show posts from: “All of your friends and pages” instead of just “Friends and pages you interact with the most” to have the most optimistic view over ur friends! 🙂

  • Guest

    There is a script that will do this for you on the new FB layoutA chrome extension
    https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/niibjigimiaihbihflghjcbbkfgamoojA Greasemonkey userscripthttp://userscripts.org/scripts/show/106701

  • ZeeAce

    How do i get to see the “Status Updates” alone in this changed FB 3.0?!
    During the OG FB, it was easy, then during the 1st change, it was found under “Most Recent” and now, it’s not to be seen anywhere!
    Any help is much appreciated.

  • bumi

    didnt work fo me..:(