Fixit March #7 – Pin/Unpin the left navigation bar

A lot of users have been asking us for the ability to keep the left navigation bar open on smaller screens. So we took some time and redesigned the left navigation bar so that you can control if it is open or closed by pinning/unpinning it.

Pin or unpin the left navigation bar


This is also the first step towards the bigger goal of making work on 7″ and 4″ devices: Over the next 12 weeks, we are going to take each of the pages and re-design them so that they adapt to smaller screen sizes. We love the idea of being able to use from any browser on your phone and tablet.

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34 thoughts on “Fixit March #7 – Pin/Unpin the left navigation bar”

    1. Exactly! If you look at the layout in a 1920px screen, the whole thing looks disjointed. The sidebar to the extreme left, the title of the section right next to the end of the sidebar (aligning with nothing), the content area in the middle with that big blank space to its left and the upper buttons (at least when you scroll the section) all the way to the upper right corner of the screen. If you relay heavily on your mouse (like me), navigating got a bit more tiring since you have to travel from one edge of the screen to the other rather constantly (and yes, I acknowledge the keyboard shortcuts, but feedly won my heart exaclty because of its abilities to mold itself perfeclty to my ways of navigating).

    2. Ditto. I really like being able to pin the feeds, but there’s still an awful lot of white-space in the feed column. And while you don’t want it to be too crowded, right now it takes up a lot of real estate on smaller screens. For instance, the feed listing is fine on my widescreen laptop at home, but it takes up a full third of my standard (non-widescreen) monitor at work — that’s too much.

  1. I don’t know if it’s only happening to me, but if I unpin the left navi bar, it totally disappears when I move my mouse away from it, and I can’t find a way to get it back. The only fix I find now is refresh the page and pin it (disappears again) and refresh again.
    Does anyone encounter the same thing? Or is it my problem? (Chrome 33 stable on Mac)

    1. I’m having the same problem (FF 29, Mac and Windows, same thing). I think the problem is fairly recent, haven’t tried it in Chrome or Safari. I do have a lot of add-ons in FF, hard to troubleshoot / track down source of problem…

  2. First of all, many thanks for driving me crazy over the last two weeks being unable to understand what was going on with the interface on my 8″ tablet: the sidebar continuosly disappeared and there was no way to make it stable and have the time to see (and so to press) the “pin” button. Secondary, given the fact the sidebar can be hidden or not, it would be useful to be able to choose its width, given the display orientation the user want.

  3. I would love to have the Pin/Unpin Option also in the feedly (Android) App.
    If you use the feedly App on a bigger tablet in landscape mode imo it makes sense to Pin the sidebar. Is that feature planned?

  4. Very nice, but the android back button is still messed up. The only app ever to open a menu with the back button.

  5. It’s a great feature — but sure the term “pin” today belongs to Pinterest and no longer works in a generic sense? I was just hoping there was a Feedly link to Pinterest. No such luck. :-( (But that’s okay, just keep doin’ what you’re coin.’)

  6. Yes, but…

    Can you get it to stop automatically sliding open and closed every time the mouse goes over it in Chrome (Windows)? Believe it or not, the browser isn’t the only window open on my desktop, and whenever I mouse over it (even when the window’s not selected) the navigation bar opens. It seems that whenever I mouse in from the left I’m left with the navigation bar open, even though I didn’t ask for it.

    Suggestion: Either add an option to open/close on click instead of mouseover, or add a small time delay before acting. Same for the “helpful” search dropdown that shows whenever you move the mouse to the window controls.

    1. As of 19.0, something changed that did make it more susceptible to open and close. I don’t know what it is, since it’s not as if prior versions lacked the feature (not speaking of pin/unpin), but you’re right that for whatever reason it happens far too often now.

  7. Ever since the pin/unpin feature appeared on the sidebar, every item I click is opening in a new tab. Even when I have the option to open the item inside feedly, it does that, but also opens the article in a new tab.

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  9. The biggest problem for me with the open/close action is that it seems to be animated now, so it sort of grindingly opens or closes (depending on how strong your video card is, I guess). I actually see my CPU spike when it opens or closes.

    We don’t need the animation, so whatever it is can easily be reverted to the way that it opened and closed prior to v19.0.

    Note that I’m not talking here about the ability to pin/unpin, just the actual fanning open and closed. I like the pin/unpin.

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  11. Hi,

    Nice little change. What I would really love to see if the ability to increase or reduce the size of the sidebar as required on my laptop. This has been a huge annoyance for me for very long as I cannot read the feed-title of many of my feeds, due to the size of the sidebar and not even my category titles in a lot of cases and many of my category titles are actually not that long.

  12. The “spacebar” problems is still not fixed. It’s really annoying. Pressing spacebar scrolls one page; but sliding on/off the panel seems to overwrite a variable, and the spacebar then goes crazy (it scrolls to bottom at once; no more one page).
    The panel on/off animation is also very annoying. Moving the mouse to other windows always trigger the animation, and that’s boring. The previous animation (on/off at once; no animation) was far better. (Perhaps you should add an option (with or without animation) to choose).

  13. This isn’t working on my tablet, but I’m going to upgrade to see whether that doesn’t help, since nothing much about Feedly works on it right now.

    I cannot get Feedly to go to “All” when I log in–instead, it’s still going to “Home,” and I changed my prefs ages ago. This is on a new Macbook Pro, with what I think is the latest IOS on Firefox, and at work on IE9 + Chrome. My only addons are AdBlock Plus on both and NoScript on Firefox, but I think I allowed nearly everything on the Feedly tab.

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