How to Copy and Paste on Facebook Like a Pro

As a social media entrepreneur with over 5 years of experience marketing my small business on Facebook, I‘ve mastered the ins and outs of copying and pasting all types of content. With over 2.9 billion monthly active users, understanding how to properly share text, images, links, and more on Facebook is an invaluable skill for standing out on this highly competitive platform.

Whether you‘re looking to copy a friend‘s post to share with your own followers or paste an interesting article you found online into your Facebook feed, this comprehensive guide will teach you how to do it seamlessly.

Copying Text

Copying text on Facebook is a common need for easily quoting others or highlighting parts of longer posts in your own content. Here are step-by-step instructions:

  1. Highlight the text you want to copy by clicking and dragging your mouse over it or long-pressing on mobile. Ensure you only select the precise text.
  2. Right click the highlighted text and click "Copy" or use the Ctrl+C (⌘+C on Mac) keyboard shortcut. This stores the text in your clipboard.
  3. Click where you want to paste the text, right click, and select "Paste." Alternatively use Ctrl+V (⌘+V on Mac) to paste.

Pro Tip: When pasting a quote or excerpt from another Facebook post, use quotation marks at the beginning and end to clearly indicate it is not your own words.

Common Issue: Sometimes copied text from Facebook loses its original formatting when pasted, like bullet points or bold text. Avoid this by pasting into a plain text editor first, then copying again before pasting into Facebook.

Pasting Text

Now let‘s go over how to paste text you‘ve copied from outside Facebook:

  1. Highlight and copy the text from its original source using the above method. Ensure you have permission to share.
  2. In Facebook, click where you want to paste – like in a new post or comment. Right click and select "Paste."
  3. Proofread the pasted text. Check for any wonky formatting, spelling errors from the original source material, or text that is too long.
  4. If necessary, use Facebook‘s formatting toolbar to adjust text styling. You can bold, italicize, add bullet points, change font size, and more.

Pro Tip: When pasting a long passage or excerpt, consider shortening to key highlights rather than overwhelming your audience with a huge block of text.

Common Issue: Pasted text can sometimes exceed Facebook‘s character limits for posts or comments. If so, trim the length before posting.

Copying and Pasting Images

Sharing eye-catching photos and graphics is crucial for engaging your Facebook followers. Here‘s how to easily copy and paste images:

  1. Right click on the image you want to copy and select "Save image as."
  2. Choose where to save the image file on your computer. I recommend a dedicated "Facebook Images" folder.
  3. In your Facebook post, click the Photo/Video icon and choose "Upload Photo/Video."
  4. Select your saved image file to upload it.
  5. Consider adding a caption or description of the image before posting.

Pro Tip: Images must follow Facebook‘s recommended image file size and dimension guidelines or they will be compressed. Refer to their specs guide for best practices.

Common Issue: Uploading other websites‘ images without permission can violate copyright law. Verify you have rights to use an image first or link to it instead.

Copying Links

Copying and pasting links enables you to easily share cool articles, products, or websites on Facebook. Just follow these quick steps:

  1. Highlight the URL link text you want to copy and use Ctrl+C (⌘+C on Mac).
  2. Click in your Facebook post/comment and press Ctrl+V (⌘+V on Mac) to paste the link.
  3. The entire hyperlinked URL will appear. Click to verify it links properly.
  4. Consider adding your own commentary so followers understand why you‘re sharing it.

Pro Tip: Attach a thumbnail image to your link share via Facebook‘s Link Format option. This will grab more attention in the News Feed.

Common Issue: Occasionally pasted links have tracking code appended to the end. Delete any unnecessary code so just the clean URL remains.

I hope this guide has armed you with the knowledge needed to expertly copy and paste just about anything on Facebook. Let me know if you have any other questions!