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Make your Facebook news feed default to Most Recent

If Facebook is stubbornly switching your feed to Top Stories without your permission, this simple trick will force it to show Most Recent

Oh, Facebook. I'm always setting your news feed to Most Recent, and every few days you decide I'd be happier with Top Stories.

(What exactly qualifies as a "top story," anyway? Never been real clear on that.)

As hassles go, it's a minor one -- but still pretty annoying. Thankfully, there's an easy way to strong-arm Facebook into showing the Most Recent feed each and every time you visit the site.

All you do is change your Facebook bookmark to the following:

http://www.facebook.com/?sk=h_chr

That extra bit of code tacked onto the end tells Facebook to sort stories chronologically -- in other words, to always display the Most Recent feed. If you want Top Stories, you can still click Sort and choose that option.

While we're on the subject of Facebook hassles, check out "How to stop Facebook from sharing your location when you update your status" and "Change your Facebook profile photo." Of course, if you have any Facebook tips of your own to share, please do!

Contributing Editor Rick Broida writes about business and consumer technology. Ask for help with your PC hassles at hasslefree@pcworld.com, or try the treasure trove of helpful folks in the PC World Community Forums. Sign up to have the Hassle-Free PC newsletter e-mailed to you each week.

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