Can I remove the navigation bar as this is distracting and clutters the site especially on Stack Overflow.

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    Thanks to this "feature" I have to scroll horizontally to see the complete content of the page on my screen.
    – aventurin
    Aug 13, 2018 at 11:51

1 Answer 1

  1. Go to your profile page.

  2. Click Edit Profile & Settings.

  3. Click "Preferences" under "Site Settings".

  4. Tick the "Hide left navigation" checkbox:

  5. Profit. (No need to click any save button, action is immediate)

Note that this is a per-site setting, you'll have to repeat this on every site in Stack Exchange you join.

Also, hiding the left nav does not restore the previous tabbed design. Instead, it will collapse all the links into hamburger menu on the top left, as if you're always on mobile:

collapsed menu

Which becomes:

menu opened

  • consider editing to add an explanation on how to get to navigation items when it is disabled (I for one like the way how it was explained at MSO)
    – gnat
    Jun 13, 2018 at 8:31
  • Should i go hide it on all sites manually? Jun 13, 2018 at 8:37
  • @TinusJackson yes, when it will be rolled to all sites later this month. For now it's only here on MSE. (in addition to SO.) Jun 13, 2018 at 8:39
  • @gnat actually this might fit a separate answer, as the question itself is only how to hide the nav bar. Jun 13, 2018 at 8:40
  • I proposed this because knowing this seems to be very important for readers, up to the point of making "straight" answer unusable. For example the first time I learned about disabling at MSO I had to enable it back because I couldn't get to these items. I only succeeded to disable it after learning how to get to the items from the referred MSO answer
    – gnat
    Jun 13, 2018 at 8:51
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    @gnat fair point. Will pull something off later, have to go now. Jun 13, 2018 at 8:55
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    @gnat sorry for the delay, edited now. Jun 14, 2018 at 10:37
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    Thank you so much. I would never have figured out how to remove this noise on my own. Jul 9, 2018 at 11:30
  • At the basic level, the design itself should be reconsidered. It is entirely wasteful and forced content to be even more narrow. A beauty idea: one very easy-to-access button to enable entire width view for content.
    – drew..
    Aug 6, 2018 at 10:43
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    @drew. you better start a new feature request, as a comment here is gets 0 exposure and 0 chance to be done. Aug 7, 2018 at 15:09

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