How to Use Facebook Notes

Share long-form content on Facebook with the Notes feature

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Facebook's Notes feature is one of the oldest features that's still around today. It's been a useful tool for users to post lengthy text-based content that doesn't quite look right (or fit) in a simple status update.

Enable Facebook Notes on Your Profile

Can't find the Notes feature in your account? It might not be enabled.

To enable Notes, sign in to Facebook and visit your profile page. Click the More option displayed in the horizontal menu found directly beneath your header photo.

Then click Manage Sections from the dropdown menu.

Scroll down the list of options that pop up and make sure Notes is checked off. Now whenever you click on More, you should see a Notes option, which you can click to manage and create new notes.

Create a New Facebook Note

Click + Add Note to create a new note. A large editor will pop up over your Facebook profile, which you can use to write your note, format it and add optional photos.

There's a photo option at the top that allows you to select a big header photo for your note. Click to add one from your existing Facebook photos or upload a new one.

Type a title into the Title field of your note and then type the content (or alternatively copy it from another source and paste it into your note) in the main content field. When you click to put your cursor in the main content area of the note (so the cursor is flashing), you should see a couple of icons pop up to the left of it.

You can hover your mouse over the list icon to take advantage of a few different formatting options. Use them to format your text so that it's displayed as Heading 1, Heading 2, bulleted, numbered, quoted or simplified plain text. When you highlight any of your text, you'll also see a small menu appear that quickly lets you make it bold, italic, mono or hyperlinked.


Beside the list icon you'll also see a photo icon. You can click this to add photos wherever you want in your note.

Publish Your Facebook Note

If you're working on a lengthy note, you can Save it within Facebook Notes to return to later without publishing it. Just click the Save button at the bottom of the editor.

When you're ready to publish your note, make sure you give it the right visibility setting by using the privacy options in the dropdown menu beside the Save/Publish buttons. Publish it publicly, make it private only for you, make it available just for your friends to see or use a custom option.

Once it's published, the people within the limits of your visibility settings will be able to see it in their News Feeds, and they'll be able to interact with it by liking it and leaving comments on it.

Note publishing can't be automated. Facebook announced its plans to stop supporting RSS feed integration in its Notes feature back in 2011, so users have only been able to post notes manually since then.

Manage Your Facebook Notes

Remember that you can always access and manage any of your notes from the More tab as long as the Notes feature is enabled. If friends have published their own notes where you've been tagged in them, you'll be able to see these notes by switching to the Notes about [Your Name] tab.

To edit or delete any of your existing notes, click on the title of the note followed by the Edit button in the top right corner. From there, you can make changes and update your note's content, change the privacy settings on it or even delete it (by clicking the Delete button at the bottom of the page).

Read Facebook Notes from Other Users

New notes from your friends will appear in your Facebook News Feed when they post them for you to see, but there's an easier way to see them by filtering out all the other information. Simply visit to see a filtered version of your News Feed that only displays notes.

You can also visit friends' profiles directly and looking for their notes section the same way you did on your own profile. If a Facebook friends has notes available for their own friends to view, click More > Notes on their profile to view a collection of their notes.

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