I noticed that a vertical line has begun appearing on the left of every page in the new responsive layout, if I have the left navigation collapsed in my account settings. See screenshots:

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Why was this vertical line added? I really don't like it there; can it please be removed? It's eye-catching and extremely distracting for me.

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    Cross-site post on Meta.SO: Can we hide the new line on the left of the page? Aug 9, 2018 at 17:37
  • @FélixGagnon-Grenier As a user with a mild case of autism spectrum disorder, I find it eye-catching and extremely distracting. Aug 9, 2018 at 17:48
  • It wasn't just added for people who collapsed the left nav. It was moved completely from border-right on #left-sidebar over to border-left on #content in the style sheet. Everyone sees it whether they hid the sidebar or not.
    – TylerH
    Aug 9, 2018 at 18:01
  • Collapsing the left-sidebar? How does it even work? Aug 9, 2018 at 18:02
  • @darijgrinberg You can choose that option in your user profile.
    – TylerH
    Aug 9, 2018 at 18:02
  • @darijgrinberg It's in your account settings. Unfortunately, logged-out users can't do it. Aug 9, 2018 at 18:03
  • @TylerH: aaah, thank you! Aug 9, 2018 at 18:03
  • The lines at the top of the page above "Your Answer" bother me too. It makes the site look boxed in.
    – Zackary
    Aug 9, 2018 at 18:21
  • @Zackary The line between question title and body? Hasn't that always been there? Aug 9, 2018 at 18:21
  • @SonictheInclusiveHedgehog It apparrently has. But it looks a little thicker now.
    – Zackary
    Aug 9, 2018 at 18:27
  • this extra line looks extra ugly on sites with a light theme as there is this shift from the menu button when you scroll down a bit. Aug 10, 2018 at 9:17

1 Answer 1


Pawel fixed this a few days ago. Now, if the left-nav is collapsed and the normal border for the content area is white, a gray border won't be shown on the left of the page.

Compare meta (white border):

no border shown with nav collapsed on meta

...With Unix & Linux (grey border):

grey border shown with nav collapsed on U&L


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