Tutorial: Facebook Documents

I have to admit, when I first joined groups in Facebook, I had no idea what a Facebook document was, how to use it, or how to add my information to it. In fact, I still sort of dislike them (although I couldn’t tell you why) even though they are extremely useful.

Groups use Facebook documents to share information – like the Twitter handles, web sites, blogs, genres, and other kinds of data about their members. Some writers/reviewers groups use them to list books to be read or reviewed, and available reviewers and what genres they prefer.

One thing that may be confusing to some is that Facebook changed the nomenclature from “Documents” to “Files.” If you want to find the ones in your group, scroll up to the top of the page, to the right, and click “Files.” (see above, left)

That will bring up a page listing all the documents and files in a group. Now, if you click on the little drop down arrow next to “all” – you’ll get a choice of viewing either just documents or files. The difference between the two is that you can edit a document right in the group. A file needs to be downloaded in order to edit it. Now, if someone in the group asks you to add information to a document, just find the document title that you need and click on it. That will bring up the document so you can view it.

At the top of the page, you will see the title of the document, along with who created it and who else edited it. You will also see a little pencil next to the hyperlink “Edit Doc.” Click that. This will bring you to a new screen – the “guts” of the document.

Just add your information to the bottom of the document. To find where to do that, use the scroll bar. Then, once you’ve added your information, click SAVE.

Bada bing, bada boom, and you’re done.

It really is JUST that easy!


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Author: K.S. Brooks

K.S. Brooks is an award-winning novelist, photographer, and photo-journalist, author of over 30 titles, and executive director and administrator of Indies Unlimited. Brooks is currently a photo-journalist and chief copy editor for two NE Washington newspapers.  She teaches self-publishing and writing topics for the Community Colleges of Spokane, and served on the Indie Author Day advisory board. For more about K.S. Brooks, visit her website and her Amazon author page.

13 thoughts on “Tutorial: Facebook Documents”

  1. Thanks for that, Kat. I still handle Facebook with rubber gloves on (never know what you might catch), I guess I will go the way of the dinosaurs.

  2. in the past when creating a facebook doc , a person was able to add files/pictures to them . wondering if there is a way to do that still ?

    1. Hi Robino, I just double-checked and I’m not seeing a way to include a picture in a Facebook-generated document. If you want to upload a file to Facebook, that can contain photos and links.

  3. Thanks for the tutorial! Has the doc editor changed recently? I can’t seem to get any of the editing buttons to work. I can still use ctl-b to bold text etc but I cant figure out a way to remove the bulleted attribute from text. What am I missing?

    1. Shoot, I dunno, Andy. That could be a browser or Flash plug-in issue for all I know. The buttons up above should remove the bullets, but without seeing it, I couldn’t say. Sorry, and Good luck!

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