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How to Share a PDF on Facebook

PDF files are the format standard with which documents are shared today. In this post I will talk about how to share PDF documents on Facebook in the simplest and most aesthetic possible way. If you need to share a document with someone, using Facebook services to send it can be a very effective solution, but you should consider that the compatibility of your file may not be guaranteed. There are hundreds of formats and not all electronic devices (computers, tablets, smartphones, etc.) will be natively capable of opening the document you want to share. To solve this problem you will need to convert your files to PDF format before sharing them.

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Why Choose PDF Format?

You may have ever opened a text document on your computer and noticed that this document does not display in the same way as it does on other devices.

This happens, in a nutshell, due to the format of the document. For example: A file with .docx format stores information related to the conditions of the environment where it was created (Operating system, Version of the software with which it was created, language, family fonts, etc.) and to be displayed accurately requires that the environment be practically the same. This means that if you were to try to open the same document from a different computer, it is very likely that the margins, graphic elements, size and font will be different from the original version.

To solve these types of problems, you need to use the PDF format. PDF files are extremely popular today because they ensure that the information they contain can be displayed accurately on any device regardless of the operating system or screen size, even if you decide to print.

How to Share a PDF on Facebook

Unfortunately, Facebook is unable to display the content of PDF files. If you decide to send your file by direct message, the recipient will be able to download the file and later can open it with their browser or PDF document manager.

What if you want to share your PDF document with more people simultaneously?

For security reasons, Facebook can block him from sending files simultaneously through direct messages. This happens because, Facebook protects its users from possible scammers and robots that may be configured to distribute malware to its users.

However, this does not mean that it is not possible to share a document simultaneously with several people. To do this there are other methods to use. Next I will talk about them.

Method 1. Transfer pdf to images

Possibly the simplest and most aesthetic way to share your documents with several people simultaneously on Facebook is by converting your PDF documents to images. This guarantees that the document will be displayed exactly the same as the PDF version, which, as you may remember, is exactly the same as the original version that you managed to create with your word processing, spreadsheet or presentation software.

There are several ways to do this. One of the easiest is by using a specialized PDF file management program like PDFelement. Using this software, you only need to open your PDF document from the program, click on the “Convert” section and select the “To image” option and that's it. Next, a window will appear where you can select the destination location where you want to store the image.

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Now, all you have to do is go to Facebook and share the image. As it is an "image" it can be opened from any device without any problem and with total precision regarding how it should be displayed.

Method 2. Crop the content from pdf

If you consider that sharing the entire document in one image is “too much”, don't worry, PDFelement allows you to interact with the text of the content as if it were word processing software. That is, you can select, copy and paste. In this way you can divide the information into much smaller segments that facilitate reading comprehension and emphasize the most relevant information. In addition, PDFelement allows you to capture specific areas of the document, which is very useful when there are elements that cannot be copied such as diagrams, graphs, etc. All you have to do is open the document from PDFelement, go to the "Tool" section and select the "Capture" option. Next, a selection tool will be shown with which to cut. When you're done, click the save button and select the destination location where you want to save the image.

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Sharing a snapshot is essentially the same as sharing an image. Keep in mind that if you intend to share several images of this type, Facebook allows you to add a description for each of the images, so you can copy the text and place it as a description and place the graphic elements on the images to create one much more natural and enjoyable reading experience.

Method 3. Store pdf online and post a link

If you need people to interact with your document, you can use a cloud storage service such as (Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, etc.) to share your PDF documents but you should bear in mind that these storage services offer a limited amount of storage and, therefore, you should be careful to remove this content when it is no longer necessary for other people to modify it.

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On the other hand, using PDFelement you can perform this same procedure but with the advantage that PDFelement allows you to schedule a deadline. In this way, nothing happens if you forget to remove the document from the cloud because it will automatically restrict access on the day you have assigned, in addition, the people who open the link will be able to have access to the advantages offered by the viewer of PDFelement like highlight text, underline, draw, strikethrough, add notes, comment or even sign.

To upload a document to the cloud you just need to go to the Wondershare cloud storage service. You can type "Wondershare Document Cloud" from your browser and register for this service. Once there, click on the "Upload Files" button, select the location of your file and click on accept. Now you should see your file in the cloud, just click on the button with three dots and select the "Share" option. Now all you have to do is set a deadline (if necessary) and click on “Create link”.

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Method 4. Upload pdf to Facebook business page

Currently, Facebook does not allow uploading files other than videos or images to business pages. However, this does not mean that you cannot share PDF documents through them.

Facebook allows you to share links and images through business pages, so you can simply convert the document to an image using PDFelement or even upload your document to one of the cloud storage services, generate a link and create a post with this link from your business page on Facebook.

Method 5. Share pdf in a Facebook Group

Unlike a business page. Facebook does allow uploading PDF files to a group. Note that users will need to download the document before they can open it. Also, remember that not all devices are natively capable of opening a PDF document. If you need to share a PDF file in a group, it is recommended that you do so by converting the document to an image or uploading it to a cloud storage service.

If you still decide to opt for this other method, all you have to do is click on "Add a post", select the option "Add file", wait until the file is uploaded successfully and click on "Post".

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Closing Words

The evolution of technology has changed everyone's life considerably. For several years, social networks have become one of our main means of communication and thanks to this it is increasingly easy to share information. However, there are still minor obstacles such as file format compatibility. Fortunately, there are tools like PDFelement that solve these problems easily and effectively.

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