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How to restore Facebook's Most Recent news feed

By creating a list, you can bring back your Most Recent news feed.

You can access your Lists from the left sidebar of your news feed.
Matt Elliott

Do you count yourself among the multitudes who dislike Facebook's latest revision, mainly because it took away the ability to toggle between Top Stories and Most Recent in your news feed? Regarding the new news feed, Facebook explains, "If you haven't visited Facebook for a while, the first things you'll see are top photos and statuses posted while you've been away...If you check Facebook more frequently, you'll see the most recent stories first."

If you don't trust Facebook to sort your news for you, you can manually create a Most Recent news feed. Ironically, you must turn to one of Facebook's new features--Lists--to resurrect the old Most Recent feed. Just create a custom list and add all of your friends and pages to it; the resulting list appears to be sorted by chronological order. Disclaimer: If you have hundreds upon hundreds of Facebook friends, the process will be laborious because there isn't a way to select all, at least that I have found. Instead, you must click one by one to add each friend or page to the list.

Hover over your Lists in the left-hand column and click the More link to get to this page, which shows your lists and provides a button to create a new list. Matt Elliott

To create a list, click the Home button in the upper-right corner of Facebook to open the news feed. Then, from the left-hand column, under Favorites, you should see your Lists. Hover over the Lists header and click the More link that appears. It will show you your existing lists, and above them is gray button labeled Create a List. Click the button, name the list Most Recent (or whatever you want), and click Create List.

After creating a list and naming it, you'll need to start adding friends to it, which can take a while. Matt Elliott

Next, click the Add Friends link from the middle of where it says, "Add Friends to this list to see their updates." A window will pop up, showing you thumbnails of all of your friends. You'll need to click on each of your friends individually to add them to the list. A blue check mark and border appears when a friend is added.

You need to click one by one to add your friends and pages to a List. Matt Elliott

In the upper-left corner of the window is a pull-down menu, showing you other items to add to the list. For my profile, it lists both Friends and Pages. I added pages as well, so I'll get updates from any pages I've liked. Once you have your list set up, click Done and you'll see your Most Recent list under Lists in the left-hand column.

If you really enjoy your new creation, you can bump it up to the Favorites section above by hovering over it, clicking the pencil icon, and clicking Add to Favorites.

For more on Facebook's new Lists feature, check out Rob Lightner's Lists tutorial here. You can also read my post on how to kill the new ticker.