FAQ for Textbook

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I still see images if I want to?

A: Yes. You can toggle image hiding on/off by clicking adjusting the extension’s options. In Chrome, click the ‘txt’ extension icon and click the Hide Images? toggle. In Firefox with Greasemonkey, select the Greasemonkey add-on icon, select User Script Commands->Toggle Textbook Image Hiding. You can also disable or uninstall the extension if you want them back for good (see below).

Q: What if I want to see a specific image?

A: By default, if you click on a user’s photo and/or navigate to someone’s Photos index, that image will appear. In other words, photo thumbnails on the Photos page and images in the slideshow viewer are visible by default.

Q: What about videos? Can I see them?

A: Video preview images are also hidden, but if you click on the video (or animated GIF), the video/GIF will load and play as normal. Videos also show up in the slideshow viewer.

Q: Can I still see images my friends post in Chat conversations?

A: Yes, I’ve left these visible, as well as all other images in Chat/Messenger (such as profile images, emoticons, etc.).

Q: Are any images left at all?

A: I chose to leave the three notification icons in the upper right of the navigation bar, the ones that light up for new messages, friend requests, and general notifications. Removing them would have made regular use of Facebook difficult. There are a couple graphic items I also left for usability.

Q: What if I don’t want to see any image anywhere?

A: If this is of interest, let me know. I may add it as an option.

Q: How can I adjust the extension’s options?

A: Click on the extension’s icon (“txt”) to the right of the location bar in Chrome, or click on the Greasemonkey icon in Firefox and select User Script Commands.

Q: When I install Textbook on Chrome it says Textbook can “modify my data” on Facebook and “read my browsing history.” What’s up with that?

A: In order for the Textbook extension to access the code that makes up the page you see as Facebook, it needs those permissions. All it does with what it “sees” is look for the appropriate HTML tags that indicate an image is present so that it can hide them for you. Nothing is saved, stored, or sent. Your browsing history is *not* read. I care about privacy; Textbook does not violate it. You can look at the source code if you like (it’s open source and online). If you have concerns, let me know.

Q: How do I remove Textbook?

A: In Chrome, right-click the extension’s icon (“txt”) to the right of the location bar and select ‘Remove from Chrome’. In Firefox, click the Greasemonkey icon, select ‘Manage User Scripts’ and then remove Textbook from there.

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