How to Copy a File From an Email & Share With Facebook

by Andrea Ruiz

One of Facebook's primary purposes as a social network is to share important content with your friends and family. If you've received an important file via email that you'd like to share on Facebook, there is no way to import that file directly from your email client to Facebook. However, you can copy the file to your hard drive and then upload it to Facebook. You can upload images and videos to your Timeline or the Timeline of a Facebook friend, or to a Facebook page or group. You can also upload almost any kind of file format to a private message or to a Facebook group for which you have posting access.

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Click the attachment icon or link in your email.

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Save the file to your hard drive. Make a note of the file's name and location on your hard drive.

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Log in to your Facebook account in a Web browser.

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Select a page or group from the left menu of the home page if that is where you want to upload the file. Photos can be uploaded to pages, while both photos and document files can be uploaded to groups. To post on your own Timeline, use the status field at the top of the home page to upload photos. To post on a friend's Timeline, click his name in your news feed or select it from your friends list and use the status input area at the top of his Timeline.

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Click the "Add Photo/Video" or "Add File" link above the status update field, depending on the type of file you downloaded from your email and the destination.

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Search your hard drive for the file and then double-click it to begin uploading it to Facebook.

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Customize the post however you wish. You can tag others in the post, add a location and adjust the privacy settings by using the audience selector tool in most cases.

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Click "Post" to publish the file to your desired Facebook destination.

Tips

  • Some email clients display attached image files in the body of the email. If so, you may be able to right-click the file to save it to your hard drive.
  • Attach a file to a private Facebook message by clicking "Messages" in the home page sidebar and choosing the name of a person from the existing list or select "New Message." Choose the "Add Files" link at the bottom of the message box to attach a file.

Warning

  • The maximum file size Facebook accepts is 25MB.

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About the Author

Andrea Ruiz has written professionally for blogs, online entertainment magazines and television network websites for more than a decade. Ruiz has also been a web and social media developer, Internet business consultant and computer programmer since 1999, and worked for four years as a professional community manager. Ruiz holds a Bachelor of Arts from University of Massachusetts, Boston.

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