INTRODUCING: New navigation on the IMDb website!

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We're excited to announce that on November 22, 2019, IMDb launched a new navigation experience across the mobile and desktop website. These changes provide an improved navigation experience to help you find something new to watch every day.

Select "Menu" to find the parts of the site you know and love, like top-rated movies, celebrity news, and IMDb Originals. There is also easy access to IMDb TV (where available), your Watchlist, your Activity page and account settings.


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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Where is the link of the Contributor's Zone?.

Hello:

It seems IMDb.com has made some changes, and I can't find the link to the Contributor's Zone in the new IMDb Menu. There is in fact no section for Contributors, nor to Contributions Guidelines, as far as I can see.

Am I doing something wrong or missing something obvious? Or there is in fact no link to the very helpful Contributor's Zone?

Thanks in advance.
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Select "Menu" in the upper-left corner of the page, then Contributor Zone can be found under the "Community" section on the lower-right.
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How do I do what used to do?  Type in the name of a film or TV show and all the information shows up?  There is no way to do this now.
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Like a lot the new navigation. But I cannot find the "More Like This" section anymore.

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"More Like This" does still show on titles on the desktop version.
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irwin silber

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Please allow me a way to go back to the old way of putting in a movies name and getting its info.
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Darlene Corcoran

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this is horrible!  why do you fix something that isnt broken?  there's no way to search, it just does not allow it.  please put it back the way it was
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Philip Kemp

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Totally agree.  This is an unncessary screw-up.  Please reverse it without delay.
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Mitch D.

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Agree 100%. What an idiotic move.
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Fred Adelman

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One of the things I liked most about IMDb was the poster section, but now it's gone! WTF IMDb? Way to slit your own throat!
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Dawn Patterson

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I can no longer browse through the months of movie releases. I hate this new format. I cant find anything! Can someone point me in the direction of an alternative website I can use please
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Although we might have lost some pre-fabricated lists created by editors (or just the easy access to them), you can always use Advanced Title Search to browse. 
https://www.imdb.com/search/title
For example:
https://www.imdb.com/search/title/?release_date=2019-12-01,2019-12-31&sort=release_date,asc
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It's too time.consuming. I loved being able to look back over the months to see if there were any movies I might be interested in. I like every kind of genre. I just dont have the patience to do a search this new way. I'm with the majority, this new style is horrible
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So now it seems we're at the mercy of whatever new release is deemed popular.  It dominates the site, obliging the users to search around before finding something genuinely informative.
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Paul Groves

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The new look site is displaying on my Windows 7 machine but the old format is working on my Windows 10 machine? - Both with Firefox. The new format is not very user friendly.... much prefer the old format
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With all the negative feedback, hopefully IMDB will pay attention and give us back the previous site.
Lynn
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Jeff Coulter

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good lord this is awful.
please give me the option to go back to the previous version.
this is unbearably bad.
this is IMDB - not a streaming service page on my ROKU.
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This new UI needs to go. This huge half screen scrolling banner at the top is an eyesore that takes up way too much real estate.The whole free streaming old crappy movies on imdb tv doesn't interest me in the least. I'm here for industry news, not here for a streaming service. Speaking of news, it was so convenient with the old UI to scroll down and get the 4ish top news snippets curated from all the different categories right on the main page. Now I have to click on the menu to chose a category of news (Movies, TV, Celebrity, etc). It's all entertainment news... why split it all up? The right arrow to see more is annoying. Netflix you are not. If you want to make a mobile friendly UI, that's fine as long as you only have said UI on mobile devices. Leave said UI version off of my PC web browsing version and give me the old layout back.
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HATE IT! GIVE ME OLD BACK NOW!!!!!! idiots
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JC J

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EXACTLY DO YOU HEAR US IMDB WE DON'T LIKE THE NEW WEB DESIGN! WE WANT THE OLD VERSION BACK!
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Cell phones and lazy companies. First Microsoft with there dumb tiles and now IMDB with swiping elements. You8 might have made navgation better for lame (wish they had a PC crowd) but for PC users, its a time consuming nightmare. I give you one month and I'm gone if its not changed back. There is a reason why I'm on Ubantu.
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Revert back to the old UI. This is unbearable. First you remove the comments sections and now the home page ? Fire the idiots responsible.
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Possible bug: On a mobile device, when I (a) use your "View full site" link (or "More on IMDb.com" in the app) or (b) have enabled a "Request desktop" browser setting, the mobile navigation is shown instead of the desktop version.
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I prefer the new navigation to the older one.
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I hate the new system.  It was so easy to just type in a persons name or movie title. 
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The new UI is 'cool' but fails at the point of UX. If it ain't broke... don't fix it. They 'fixed' it... and now it takes more clicks, window resizing, etc. to make it work. That's a fail.
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I agree.  If they don't go back to the original easier way I'm hoping there is another site I can use.  This one is way too frustrating.
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I just want it to play the preview vids. Can't get it to play anything.???
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I don't. It's entirely horrendous. The only thing the new layout achieves is to use more screen area to display less information. At least there should be an option to keep the old layout, maybe as a preferences setting.
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Thank you so much.  ;-)
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Some are having problems with Search:
 
Search option is gone
https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/search-option-is-gone
Tiffany Morales
Posted 1 week ago
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https://www.imdb.com/
  
Change Search box from Black back to White ? ?
 
Find ...
All
Titles
TV Episodes
Celebs
Companies
Keywords
Advanced Search
 
Old choices (Nov 21 2019)
...
Names
...
 
Change Celebs back to Names
Some crew Names may not be Celebs ? ?
.
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Hi! My screen is 1366*768.  I have two windows open, one window for each half of the screen. One window is IMDB in MS Edge or IMDB in Firefox. The other is anything else. I used to get the IMDB search bar, but since the change the search bar will not appear if my window is this size. I need to resize the window to a bit over half size for the search bar to appear.  This is sub-optimal. It's not a huge deal, but it is the kind of irritating problem that makes IMDB less fun to use.
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I miss the watch list information at the top of the homepage, is this coming back?
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I miss the watch list information at the top of the homepage, is this coming back?
Looking at a copy of the old homepage on archive.org (thank you, Act_1), I don't see anything special about watchlist info on the homepage, versus its display on any other page.

We still have direct access to it on the dropdown menu of our username. I do miss the fact that I could see the latest items added by mousing over the link, and seeing the count without opening the page. (I often use the Watchlist to build other list content.)

BTW, the mobile version has the link with the count, but mouseover does nothing (and I wouldn't use the mobile version on my desktop computer):
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The watchlist link (and count, but no mouseover) is also still there on the desktop version, but it only shows up if your browser window is "wide enough"... that is according to IMDb's odd definition of "wide enough" which seems to give priority to making the barely-visible search box wide enough to write a whole novel there, and only show other stuff if there's enough space left over.


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Ah. I have my desktop version set at 110% zoom, which causes Watchlist to be omitted.

Resetting back to 100% shows the link.
Really don't need the search bar to be so big before we access it. 
 
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I have to set it to 90% to have the Watchlist button, but it is not that annoying. I just have to click on my profile
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Hi all — thanks for your feedback on this. The "Watchlist" button & count is now visible in the navigation bar at smaller screen widths. Hope this helps.

Sarah
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Taking us away recommendations in the first screen ? Really ? Basically saying give  us money for the algorithm or something. The connected world right ? All watching the same things. Culture looses and everyone becomes a mush of working flesh. 
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Whatever you have done you should un-do it and fire the people behind it. You went from a professional stable site to one that feels like the trainee IT girl straight out of school designed it. Absolutely awful. I can't express how much I hate it. All so some moron on a touch screen can finger IMDB like he would a Rotten Tomato. Seems not only Hollyweird is listening to the wrong people these days. Whoever advised that this was a needed and good idea just ruined IMDB. Congratulations. This better get fixed or undone quickly or I will be looking for the next best site.
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This is the most liked reply, I have seen on Getsatisfaction. Congratulation!!!
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This is completely true. However, unfortunately, companies tend to never roll back a redesign, regardless of every user hating it. I think whatever top manager gave the final go-ahead will not want to admit making a mistake.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled updated site is CRAP!.

I am not normally a troll/Ludite, but your new site design is total crap and not at all user friendly. Navigation is all but impossible. Please return to previous design.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled You Just Ruined Your Site.

Your new site layout/update was not necessary and really is horrible. I hate it. Why can't people just leave things alone? Whoever came up with this needs to be fired. It's more than awful. Just change it back or I'm going to abandon this site. You just ruined it. The font even looks terrible and it looks like it's trying to appeal to five year olds. If I wanted to hang with five year olds I'd go to Rotten Tomatoes. You were on to a winner IMDB now you're going to drive people away in droves all so some pea brain thumbing at a touch phone can dribble out some inane broken sentence nobody wants to read. Those people can go to Rotten Tomatoes. That's where all the mouth breathers go. Don't bring them here.
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I agree.  The dark screen is VERY hard to see for people with poor eyesight!!!!
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Where do I enter a movie/tv title to get information thereupon?
Do I really have to go to Google search and enter (for example)
"IMDB Veronica Mars"?
Really?
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Matt Stoll,
What platform are you using?
The search box is still visible on the desktop version.

and on the mobile-optimized version (still on desktop).
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I'm using WWW.IMDB.COM via Firefox under Windows 7 Professional on a Desktop computer with a 24 inch screen.
Where's the search box that used to be at the top of the page?
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Well done IMDB.
I've found it hiding behind the greyed "Search IMDB".
That was not very intuitive was it?
Black entry box on black background.
Click on "Search IMDB" and it is revealed!
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But it's not found on phones and tabs. Only in broad screen.
A really, really bad idea! hate it.
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Ole Jon Tveito
I don't understand what you are missing. 
On my Android phone, I still see a magnifier icon for searches on both the app and the desktop version in Chrome.
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bderoes,

Try resizing the IMDB window. On my screen if I have two windows open, half a screen-width per window, the search box does not appear. This is in Firefox and Edge on Windows 10.

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My name is Vítor and right now according to the new IMDB i am Vítor! That's awful a I even "change my name" to Vitor but still that error it's still there...
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Hi Vítor —

We've fixed this bug. Thank you for letting us know about it!

Sarah
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Vítor Gonçalves

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At least right now updated to "Vitor". That ́s ok I guess
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled access to Films and stars details.

Up to this week,I click on my Icon and immediately get the website where I type A film name OR an actors name and all the info comes up. NOW i get a website completely different to the old one and I cannot see where I could NOW get the same info?
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I prefer the older design. There seems to be a trend, a uniform decision among many sites nowadays to replace their good designs with cheaper looking ones. It's unfortunate and I wonder why they do it.
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I expected the new design to include a direct link to the Bottom 100 of IMDb. IMDb already does that for the top 250 why not the Bottom 100.  You can add it just under the Top Rated Movies button. It is annoying every time I want to access it, I have to go to the Cat in The Hat his page or on another movie his page which is on the Bottom 100.
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Where I can find "Advanced search" option?
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Matt Stoll

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Click on "All" at top of screen. This will produce a "drop down", "Advanced Search" is at the bottom.
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It used to be to the right of the search box. Now it is on the left of it. And the search box is now at the top of the page in the black shaded bar.
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I can see it on desktop version, but mobile phone version doesn't have it.

Also, desktop version is tooooo slow to navigate with this new unnecessary redisign.
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Ed: Thanks for your reply. I looked at many of these responses and looked at file visual samples. Discovered that the problem is with Chrome browser. On Chrome I have to go to full screen to get search option.It's not hidden on reg screen. It's just not there. On Firefox it is fine--but I'm preferring Chrome these days.  So, still have that issue. Maybe web editors will get this fixed. 
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AHA!  OK, that was me just one week ago! Seems like two! BUT, I found out that it was NOT Chrome browser after all. When I expanded the width of the file--it opened up the search bar--just like old times! I've been happy ever since. I use IMDB, like everyday.  So for about two days I was so angry and frustrated. But then it worked out with just one simple little solution. 
I do appreciate, reading here, that IMDB staff editors or web designers did listen to all our fierce complaints, and they have done something to address this. So, I'm not sure if it was my little adjustment---but actually tonight I see the search bar being all white! Nt the blended gray that kind of hid itself. Any whoooos! It is GREAT again!!
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Still no Posters section, though!
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Much better!!
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The SEARCH is now AOK!! Has been for me for the last week! I am so pleased that IMDB actually reads and studies the complaints we file and they have responded beautifully. I really appreciate this. I use IMDB so much and I was concerned we were going to lose it as I knew it. Thank you IMDB! 
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It looks decent. 
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My name is Patrícia, with a accent. This new design doesn't read that character, so this is how my name is displayed at the top of the page: Patrícia
And I can't even edit it, because I can't find an option anywhere.
IMDb never changes for better.

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Patrícia
I believe the Login and security options are where you can change the name displayed for your account.

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Hi Patrícia —

We've fixed this bug. You should now be able to see your name correctly, with the accented í. Thank you for letting us know about it!

Sarah
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This is my first post here and I have to apologize in advance for the possible mistakes I may make, English is not my native language.
But I feel I have to write this, although wait - I'm really forced to write this, cause I'm a long time IMDB user, and since I want to continue using the site, this simply has gotten to the point where I'm frustrated enough to create a reply.  
In case somebody from the team actually reads through this, I'll try to be brief and conchise.

1. Having big white letters from the new menu on the black background hurts the eyes of the people who have poor eyesight (me included), and will gradually diminish the eyesight for those who are fortunate enough to have healthy eyes now. It's really a terrible viewing experience, as people above this post has already said, and every optician in their right mind will confirm this.

2. Since we already got through having a poor eyesight, some people (again, me included) have to use zooming functions of the browser to read websites properly. Now as I learned from the posts above, the watchlist option has not dissapeared from everyone, it has dissaperead because I'm using the zoom apparently "too much".  This is actually the first time in history of my web browsing (and I do zoom a lot of other sites, believe me), that a part of the design completely disappears only because I zoomed something. Although I still can access watchlist from my profile, of course, but (again as people above has already stated) I do not understand why the search field so large absolutely must stay when zooming in and the watchlist must go.

3. Now we're getting to the best part, since we've already discussed not getting the same functions. On my new tablet version of the website there is a whole slew of weird omissions and even plain bugs abound.
For some reason I'm not getting the full menu functions on the tablet. The list of both upper dropdown menu sections and bottom ones I can go to is reduced in the tablet version.
For example - I used to visit "Release Calendar" section from my tablet. Now there is no option for "Calendar" in the dropdown menu "Movies" section, along with other useful links like "In Theaters" and "DVD & Blu-Ray Releases". I don't know how to reach it now, okay, this is completely uncalled for, but I recall that there was a link to the "Site Index" at the bottom, maybe I can go there from index? And guess what? In the new tablet version this link is missing too. Now if using my tablet I can reach the aforementioned sections of the website only by manually putting the "imdb.com/calendar" address in my bookmarks. Do you think this can be called an enjoyable site using experience, creating my own shortcuts to get through to certain sections?
I'm not even mentioning the very interesting question - was there any pratical reason for the tablet user to be deprived of certain sections which desktop user can freely go to?
And finally the outright bugs. Again, if using my tablet version, I get the 404 window every time I try to reach at least two sections from the upper dropdown menu - "Coming Soon" and "Release Calendar". Maybe there's more, I really don't have the urge to check them all. Both sections if linking from the "Site Index" redirect correctly. Basically, to ensure that everything works as it should be, I'm reduced to using the "Site Index" instead of new menus on my tablet now.
By the way, the same 404 thing happens if I'm trying to reach those sections not from my tablet, but on my desktop using the m.imdb.com mobile version. This is not a question of "empty your cache and cookies" problem, I have tried entering those sections from a new  anonymous browser session and even from a different browser alltogether - still get the same 404.

In conclusion, I cannot call this new IMDB browsing experince pleasureable in any sense imaginable.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled The new navigation system is a pain in the neck!.

I used to enjoy going to IMDb.  Now it no longer looks the same and you have to make multiple clicks to get where you want to go when one used to be sufficient.   Now I dread trying to use IMDb.  It's not fun.  It's a waste of time.  When will people learn that if it's not broken, any "improving" will only make it worse.  All the work you put in on this "new navigation experience" that you are so insanely proud of, was a waste of time.  And now it's wasting my time.  Your "new navigation experience" is a shipwreck.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled side by side - no search.

Contributing to IMDb frequently means needing to open a second window to find the proper name/title constant (or do other research). With the new toolbar design, where the search disappears when the window is "too narrow", we cannot open a second window and use the Windows dual-window (side-by-side) functionality.


Please improve the new display to continue displaying all the items on the top toolbar when the window is resized.
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bderoes,

Thank you for bringing this up.

Poll authors frequently have to have two or more IMDb windows open at the same time to create their lists. It really helps to have all of the items displayed when a window is resized.
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Yes, I am also having this problem in both MS Edge and Firefox.
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I liked the old style better.  At least it showed an exact number on my Watchlist, now it's rounded off to the nearest hundred (and it's off!).  If you guys could fix that little issue, I guess I could live with it.
Thanks,
Albert
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled So-called 'improved navigation experience'.

This isn't an 'improved navigation experience' - it's a totally unnecessary disaster.  Why can't we simply type in the title of the film we're interested in, just like we've always done?

Have you never heard the saying "If it ain't broke, don't fix it"?  Please put things back the way they were.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Problem with the new format.

the "more like this" section has changed and you can no longer click on the "next 6" and I cans see the words next 6 but if you actually click on it only one comes up. You can see just the very top tip of 3 of the next movies and if you carefully place curser on each one and click it will open just that one, why did they change it, used to be easy click on next 6 and the next 6 opened, also this is regardless of page zoom 120% of even 90%
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Why would IMDB do this on our laptop platform?.

I had no idea what was happening. For the last 2 days, I was suddenly unable to search for a movie title--on my computer, which is pretty much where and when I use the IMDB site. I had to start google searching for "what happened to search bar...." RIDICULOUS! I do not get it! Don't want it! Am beyond displeased! But I did read something that if you go to "full screen".... MORE ridiculous! Another step to go and undo!!
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OK! I have resolved this--as I replied somewhere else on this run of responses to the "search bar" issue. I just widened the file and it reappeared. Strange, but an easy solution. But tonight, I'm seeing they have made the search bar more clearly visible--white!