ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How-To put a space in Facebook Comments - How do you make paragraphs / spaces in Facebook comments?

Updated on October 20, 2011

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:

  1. Hold SHIFT then press ENTER.

  2. Do this once to create a line break.
  3. 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.

Is this article helpful to you?

See results

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!

  1. An ordered list is like this.
  2. Each item is numbered.
  3. These lists are great for chronological points, or if you want someone to be able to reference a point specifically, by number.
  4. 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:

Much fewer people are even going to bother reading that wall of text (a) on the left. However, that same wall of text has a much more clear meaning and is easier to read in example (b) using simple formatting techniques.
Much fewer people are even going to bother reading that wall of text (a) on the left. However, that same wall of text has a much more clear meaning and is easier to read in example (b) using simple formatting techniques.

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], 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.

  1. Hold ALT then press the number SEVEN (7) on your NUMBER PAD

  2. 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.

Thank you!

Be peaceful on your way,

Time_Spiraling

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      Gilles Wiseman - Québec - Canada 

      11 months ago

      I'm a French Canadian. I do appreciate what I just read. Thanks for the rest of things.

      gwg@videotron.ca

    • profile image

      Mary Lee Morgan 

      2 years ago

      I want to make hanging indents.

    • Time Spiral profile imageAUTHOR

      Time Spiral 

      4 years ago from Florida

      Good question, Barbie. I don't know how to input a soft return on a touch screen.

    • profile image

      barbie 

      4 years ago

      Where is the shift key on the kindle fire hd?

    • twoseven profile image

      twoseven 

      6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      I was just wondering about this just a few minutes ago! Thanks so much for the clear and helpful hub.

    • raciniwa profile image

      raciniwa 

      6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      wonderful and interesting hub...

    • Royalmark profile image

      Royalmark 

      6 years ago from Lagos, Nigeria

      Nice, knew about the paragraph and line break. The bullets are new to me

    • Time Spiral profile imageAUTHOR

      Time Spiral 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Thanks, rElle!

      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 profile image

      rebekahELLE 

      6 years ago from Tampa Bay

      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.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)