How to Reset Facebook Settings
By Andrea Ruiz
Your Facebook profile has a wide variety of settings that control whose content you can see, who can view your content, and how your content is displayed. When using your Facebook profile to connect with business colleagues, you may find that over time, you need to make your content more or less private, depending on your existing content and your public professional identity. You can quickly reset or change highly customized Facebook preferences through your Account Settings page.
Log in to your Facebook account and click the gear icon in the menu. Then, select "Account Settings" from the drop-down list that launches.
Click the "General" tab, and then click the "Edit" link next to any setting to which you wish to make changes. You can change your name or custom Facebook URL (username); reset your account password; and change the language in which Facebook appears when you log in. You can also change your primary network.
Click the "Security" tab in the main menu, and then click the "Edit" link next to the security setting you wish to change. From this screen, you can enable or disable secure browsing, login notifications and the code generator. These determine whether you need a security code to log in from a new location for the first time; and creates app passwords and sets of trusted contacts. You can also review the devices used in login sessions, as well as the details of your login history.
Click the "Privacy" tab to review and reset the privacy levels of the content you post on Facebook, and then click the "Edit" link for the setting you wish to change. From this screen, you can change the privacy levels for who can see your content, who can contact you and who can see you in search results.
Click the "Timeline" tab in the main menu to make changes to the ways in which content is posted to your Facebook Timeline, and then click the "Edit" link to change any particular setting. From this screen, you can change which users can post and see content on your Timeline. You can also make changes to the ways in which your account handles Facebook tags from other users.
Click the "Blocking" tab in the main menu to manage the users and content you block on Facebook. From this screen, you can add or remove users from your "Blocked Users" list. You can also manage which apps, events and invitations you block.
Click the "Notifications" and "Mobile" tab to change the ways in which your Facebook account notifies you of new activity and the ways in which your account interacts with your mobile devices.
Click the "Followers" tab to change whether you allow users to follow your Timeline without adding you as a friend. From this screen, you can also manage what users you allow to comment on your posts and from whom you receive notifications. You can also connect your Facebook account to Twitter and generate an embeddable "Like" code for use on an external website.
Click the "Apps" tab to change the ways in which your Facebook account interacts with the individual apps you've installed. Click the "Edit" link next to each app to edit the settings for that app.
Click the "Ads" tab in the main menu to reset the settings for the ways in which your Facebook account displays third-party advertisements. Then, click the "Payments" tab to manage your Facebook payments settings.
You can only change the username on your personal account or a page you administer once.
Andrea Ruiz has written professionally for blogs, online entertainment magazines and television network websites for more than a decade. Ruiz has also been a web and social media developer, Internet business consultant and computer programmer since 1999, and worked for four years as a professional community manager. Ruiz holds a Bachelor of Arts from University of Massachusetts, Boston.