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Today when I went to browse OSM, I noticed new controls on the map. Great, looks good. But, there's a massive "Welcome to OSM" panel blocking a large portion of the top-left of the map, and I can't find any way to get rid of it. Can anybody tell me how to close it? Thanks a lot.

asked 30 Nov '13, 17:38

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edited 01 Dec '13, 02:04

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There's now an [X] button with which to close the message. It also goes away by itself when you log in. If neither of these work for you, consider a GreaseMonkey script like this:

// ==UserScript==
// @name     Remove OSM welcome box
// @include*
// ==/UserScript==

var welcome = $("div.welcome");
if (welcome) welcome.remove ();
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answered 30 Nov '13, 17:51

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edited 02 Dec '13, 11:44


Great! It works! Good job! Thanks!

(02 Dec '13, 15:11) hubeat

Hmm, it doesn't work for me so far. I installed a random script in order to get an editable new script, filled in that code, but the small box is still there. Any suggestions, as to how it would work better?

(03 Dec '13, 17:48) abr01

Never mind the script - you do know that there is an [X] button with which to close the message now, don't you? Maybe a screenshot would help?

(03 Dec '13, 17:49) SomeoneElse ♦

I don't see any [x] button here, sorry. Maybe, because i stay logged in, having only the smaller box visible?

(03 Dec '13, 18:42) abr01

So it's the search box, not the welcome box, that you'd like to remove, is it? Or would you like to move it somewhere else?

(03 Dec '13, 18:46) SomeoneElse ♦

Yes, it's the search box then. I would like to have all real estate for the map, no intrusive boxes at all, if possible. Thanks.

(03 Dec '13, 19:46) abr01

Consider using an alternative site such as or, both of which offer views on OSM data without the community information around it. itself is not principally a map-viewing site.

(03 Dec '13, 20:13) Richard ♦

When i first discovered OSM in 2005 i wanted a map. I then read and learnt about the project and liked the idea. I started to record GPX traces and eventually edit the map. I think the map should be the first view we see otherwise new possible contributors may click away when the don't see a map or a map button.

(03 Dec '13, 23:09) andy mackey

@Richard: thanks, i've tested informationfreeway, but i'll stick to OpenStreetMap, because the other one doesn't offer to navigate via arrow keys / zoom in/out.

(04 Dec '13, 13:41) abr01
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The [X] is almost completely hidden by the text of "OpenStreetMap!"

invisible x

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answered 19 Jun '20, 09:17

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edited 19 Jun '20, 09:35

What happened to my answer i've just posted?

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answered 04 Dec '13, 13:46

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It is there just click show 4 more comments... then delete your "what happened...answer" and my comment will disappear as well

(04 Dec '13, 14:01) andy mackey

The X is tiny and in a shade that makes it very difficult to see. I had to zoom the view a lot before I found it.

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answered 19 May '20, 13:42

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