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How to get the old IMDB-layout back

Recently the look and layout of IMDB has been changed, which might look great on some devices, but on a normal webbrowser it take a bit more time to find the stuff you are looking for. The links on the left side have been removed, so you now have to search a bit to find those memorable quotes for example. Luckily IMDB knows that some people do not like change and there is a way to restore the old look.

Make sure that you are logged in and click on your account (which can be found in the top right corner):

In the next screen, select site preferences

Select the first option, so that the checkbox is marked and press Ok!

That’s it. When you now navigate to a movie page you’ll see the old layout again.

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  • Lesya says:

    Oh thank you! I think I’d found this option too but I wasn’t logged in like for ages.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:11 pm
  • Sašo says:

    Oh thank God for that, I was going mad after ten minutes. I didn’t find the new layout improved in any way whatsoever. Still, kudos to IMDb to let us switch to the old layout at all, most sites can’t be bothered.

    October 5, 2010 at 7:46 pm
  • Jake says:

    Why do they always have to screw things up? Why can’t well enough ever be left alone? Thanks for letting us know how to fix what they broke.

    March 27, 2011 at 11:51 pm
  • Anonymous says:

    I used to love this site so much, I used it all the time. Now it’s more advertisement. I stopped using it.

    September 6, 2011 at 1:23 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Are you talking about IMDB or this blog? If you are running Firefox I suggest installing Adblock Plus as add-on. It basically filters out all the ads. Have had it for years and I almost never see any advertisements….

      September 6, 2011 at 1:52 pm
  • Aniek says:

    It didn’t work for me. My accountscreen looked diferent to. can anyone help me please, cause i hate this layout!

    July 27, 2013 at 12:25 am
    • Nostra says:

      Make sure you are logged in, then select Your Account (pop up underneath your name). Next select Update general site preferences and under General make sure the option for Show reference view (old title/name page layout) is checked. Let me know if that worked for you.

      July 29, 2013 at 8:09 am
      • Aniek says:

        Thanx! I did everything you said, but I still have the new layout, and I still hate it.

        July 30, 2013 at 5:48 pm
        • Nostra says:

          Did you also save this setting? It should do it…

          July 30, 2013 at 6:19 pm
          • Aniek says:

            yes, but it still doesn’t work!

            July 31, 2013 at 5:12 pm
  • Nostra says:

    That’s annoying. You might want to ask support at IMDB then. Hopefully they will be able to help?

    July 31, 2013 at 5:22 pm
    • Aniek says:

      I see what they can do. Thanks for helping!

      August 4, 2013 at 1:48 pm

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