I’ve had a couple of readers ask me if it’s possible to post a file, specifically a PDF, to a Facebook page. Indeed, it’s a handy thing to know. Now, there are two ways to go about this, and basically, it depends on the sort of file you want to post.
You can convert the PDF into a JPG, and then upload it as a picture, which can be viewed as any picture on Facebook would. This works for picture files, or anything with a minimal amount of text, especially if it’s in a large print. But that’s all it works for, because the viewer won’t let you zoom in, or scroll, or have multiple pages. So if it’s a text-heavy document, or if it has multiple pages, or anything small, this won’t work for you at all. But fear not! I’ve got a solution for those sorts of files too, and I’ll get to that in a minute.
Firstly, I’ll explain how to convert and post a PDF.
1. Open your PDF as you normally would (I’m a Mac user and use Preview). Click on ‘Save As’ and choose ‘JPG’, just like I’ve done below:
2. There you go, file converted! Now head to your Facebook page, and upload it, just like you’d do with a regular image. If you’ve never done this before, there’s a small uploader on your timeline. Click ‘Choose File’ (highlighted in yellow below), select your image, add the caption of your choice and then click on the ‘Post’ button (highlighted in red below). Easy.
And now, Method #2, for bigger, or more text-heavy or longer PDFs. You don’t want to convert these files. Instead, we’re going to use an online file sharing service. It’ll allow us to upload large files, and then provide a link. This link can easily be posted to your Facebook page, allowing anybody to download the file. Here’s a walk-through.
1. There are a lot of free file sharing and hosting sites you can use. To name a few, Sendspace, Dropbox and Mediafire. Even though these services are free, you’ll have to create account, which is easy and worth it.
2. Follow the prompts at whichever service you choose. I’ve used Mediafire. Once your file is uploaded, a link will be provided (it’s highlighted in blue below).
3. Copy that URL and then head to your Facebook page. Post the link just like you’d do for a regular link. Once it’s posted, people can simply click on it and download the full file, and view it freely on their own computer.
I hope this was helpful! LMK if you’ve found another way to share a file via Facebook.
Thanks to Esther Werdiger for writing this article.
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