How to Edit the News Feed on Facebook

By Tommy Charles

Facebook's news feed is the central feature of your profile's home page. It allows you to receive up-to-the-minute updates from friends and family. However, the news feed can quickly become cluttered if you do not actively manage it. Fortunately, your profile page contains several ways for you to let Facebook know exactly whose updates you really want to see. By diligently updating these preferences from day to day, you can soon have a personalized news feed.

General News Feed Options

Step 1

Log in to your Facebook profile, and scroll to the bottom of the page.

Step 2

Click the small blue "Edit Options" link on the right-hand side of the news feed.

Step 3

Click the drop-down box to the right of "Show Posts From" and select either "All of Your Friends and Pages" or "Friends and Pages you Interact With the Most." Click "Save."

Hiding People or Stories

Step 1

Locate an update from a person or story type that you would no longer like to receive. Story types include quizzes, video links and the updates that you receive when one of your friends befriends someone else.

Step 2

Click the small blue "X" in the upper right-hand corner.

Step 3

Select either "Hide This Post," "Hide all by." or "Mark as Spam."

Tips & Warnings

  • As you add friends, they will begin to clutter your news feed, and the site will not block them by default. You can combat this by actively managing your news feed preferences.
  • To view updates from people you have blocked before, click the "Edit Options" link at the bottom of the news feed and then click the small "X" to the right of the person that you would like to unblock.