Question from Cammy: I have a Facebook question for you Rick.
Whenever I’m browsing Facebook on my laptop and I receive a message the message box pops up automatically with the received message displayed inside of it.
I don’t like that because I’m usually using Facebook with other people around and I don’t want anyone accidentally seeing my messages.
How can I prevent those message boxes from popping up until I actually click on the “Messages” icon?
Rick’s answer: I don’t like it when that happens either Cammy, and neither do most other Facebook users.
Luckily, this is an issue that’s very easy to fix. Just follow the steps below:
1 – Log into your Facebook account.
2 – Click the Options icon that’s located in the lower-right corner of the Facebook window (it looks like a “gear” or “cog”).
3 – Click Turn Off Chat Tabs. Note: A check mark should appear indicating that that setting is now active.
That’s all there is to it. You should still receive a notification every time you receive a message on Facebook, but the message box should remain hidden until you click the “Messages” icon to read them.
I hope this helps, Cammy. Good luck!
Update from Amy: It worked. Thanks!!
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