By Time Spiral
October 20th, 2011
I consider this a public service. I am going to teach you exactly how to put spaces (also called line breaks, soft returns, or paragraphs) in your Facebook comments and status updates. After the instructions I will continue with some other suggestions about how to format your Facebook posts, comments, and status updates. Cool stuff below!
Difficulty Level: Super Easy
Time To Learn: Seconds
Materials Needed: Facebook + Computer
How to insert a space into a Facebook comment, post, or status update.
You are about to learn the easiest thing in the world. At any time when you're creating a comment on a post, picture, video, status update, or whatever, or even if you're creating your own status update, all you have to do to put a space in your comment is:
Hold SHIFT then press ENTER.
- Do this once to create a line break.
- Do this twice to create the appearance of a paragraph.
That is called a soft return, and will create one line break. To create the appearance of a paragraph, I recommend inserting two line breaks (SHIFT+ENTER, twice). One line break just takes you to the next line, but does not create the "extra space". You need two. It's really that easy.
How to format your comments and status updates
The first lesson, above, teaches you how to make basic paragraphs inside of your Facebook comments, status updates, and will even work when sending messages or chatting. Why would I write an article about it?
Please - avoid the wall of text!
Sometimes you feel passionately about something, and simply must respond. Next thing you know you've written fifteen sentences. You re-read your comment. It's brilliant! You cannot wait to see what people are going to say about it. You press ENTER, and go about your business. You come back a few hours later, and guess what? Nobody responded to your comment. Why? Because it's a wall of text!
Break up large comments into paragraphs. Then consider using headings, lists, and borders.
Breaking up large responses into paragraphs is a no-brainer, and now you know how. Have you seen your other Facebook friends doing this? But, maybe you're in a heated comment argument and want to counter several points, or maybe you just want to outline several points. Facebook does not allow BBC (bulletin board code) or HTML, but you can still create ordered or unordered lists. With a little creativity you can even create headings and borders!
- An ordered list is like this.
- Each item is numbered.
- These lists are great for chronological points, or if you want someone to be able to reference a point specifically, by number.
- You can also use roman numerals, or letters, in ordered lists. This is just a stylistic choice.
What is an unordered list?
- Sometimes your Facebook arguments will not need to be chronological.
- Unordered lists look like this.
- Usually using bullet points, or discs, or whatever.
Both of the above lists are formatted with HTML. You cannot do HTML in Facebook, at all. But, you can simulate the effect. I will write an example comment below, with headings, borders, and an ordered list. All of this can be done in Facebook, easily. See the image below for the example:
Explanation of the above example
I'm using the soft return (SHIFT+ENTER) to create line breaks, which helps create paragraphs. Then, to simulate a heading I used all CAPS and then created a border underneath it by using the dash ( - ). You can also use the equals ( = ) sign to create thicker bottom borders.
For the ordered list I just typed (1) and so on. Other formats are nice to look at too, like: , 1.), or even just 1. You can, of course, use letters (a, b, c, d, e, f, g), or roman numerals (i, ii, ii, iii, iv, v, vi, vii, viii, ix, x, etc ...), depending on your style.
How to create a bullet point in a Facebook comment, message, chat, or status update:
This is very easy too.
Hold ALT then press the number SEVEN (7) on your NUMBER PAD
The result is: •
If you do not have a number pad you cannot type of bullet point. If you want bullets you can copy and paste one from another source.
Alt codes let you create cool symbols like these. You can copy and paste the ones you like:
❤ ❥ ஜ ๏ ⚓ ⎈ ☮ ✈ ♋ 웃 유 ☠ ☯ ♥ ✌ ✖ ☾ ☽ ☼ ☀ ☁ ☂ ☃ ☻ ☺ ۩ ♪ ♫ ♬ ✄ ✂ ✆ ✉ ∞ ♂ ♀ ☿ ▲ ▼ △ ▽ ◆ ◇ ◕ ◔ ʊ ϟ ღ ☢ ☣ ☤ ⚜ ☸ ♨ ❖ ❦ ❧ ♡ ✗ ✘ ⊗ ♒ Ω ♦ ♠ ♥ ♣ ♢ ♤ ♡ ♧ ✦ ✧ ♔ ♕ ♚ ♛ ★ ☆ ✮ ✯ ☄ 回 ₪ ✓ ✔ ✕ ☥ ☦ ☧ ☨ ☩ ☪ ☫ ☬ ☭ ™ © ® ¿¡ №⇨ ❝❞ ∃ ⊥ ∀ Ξ ∞ Σ Π ⌥ ⌘ 文 ⑂
You can just copy and paste these into Facebook and they will work. Check out this site, called fsymbols, for more information about icons like this.
Sharing is Caring - Friends don't let Friends create walls of text ...
Do you know someone who creates walls of text constantly? It's bad ... I know *shakes head in dismay*. But, they don't have to! You can share the technique, or even better, share this article! Let's help create a world of more nicely formatted comments and status updates.
Be peaceful on your way,
Gilles Wiseman - Québec - Canada on August 15, 2017:
I'm a French Canadian. I do appreciate what I just read. Thanks for the rest of things.
Mary Lee Morgan on July 10, 2016:
I want to make hanging indents.
Time Spiral (author) from Florida on September 24, 2013:
Good question, Barbie. I don't know how to input a soft return on a touch screen.
barbie on September 22, 2013:
Where is the shift key on the kindle fire hd?
twoseven from Madison, Wisconsin on May 04, 2012:
I was just wondering about this just a few minutes ago! Thanks so much for the clear and helpful hub.
raciniwa from Talisay City, Cebu on May 04, 2012:
wonderful and interesting hub...
Royalmark from Lagos, Nigeria on May 04, 2012:
Nice, knew about the paragraph and line break. The bullets are new to me
Time Spiral (author) from Florida on October 26, 2011:
It drives me nuts when I see someone responding with a wall of text. Just because it's a comment doesn't mean it shouldn't get the same attention as anything else you'd communicate through writing: (1) think, (2) format, (3) proofread.
rebekahELLE from Tampa Bay on October 20, 2011:
Thanks for writing such a helpful hub! I wondered about those alt codes. With social media becoming such a vital form of communication, it's great to know how to form readable text! I was just wondering how you wrote one of your comments on FB! Now I know. Thanks for sharing! It's getting shared and tweeted.