How To – Facebook Posts To Specific Friends


Certain Friends Only

I received a call from a woman who wanted to know how to post something on Facebook but didn’t want all her friends to see it. If you find yourself in this situation, here’s what to do…

I presume you know how to make a basic posting– just click and start typing where it says, What’s on your mind?

Facebook keeps changing its interface, so these instructions are relevant as of 12:18 PM March 26, 2017.

Facebook now includes the options to change the background colour of the message box and the text itself. Before you click on the blue Post button, click on the button that might be labelled Friends, or Public.

facebook-friends except-option

Now you get a little pop up menu– click on Friends except…Don’t show to some friends. Then you get a list of your friends– just click on the ones you don’t want seeing that post.

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You’ll notice the friend you picked has a little circle to the right with a dash that turns red. If you change your mind, just click on it again to deselect the name.


Then click on Save Changes. Now you’ll notice that Friends except… is chosen instead of just Friends or Public in that button. When satisfied with what you want to post and who you want to see it, just click on the Post button.

Other Friends

So what happens if one of the allowed Friends shares this post? I don’t know for sure, but my guess is all bets are off unless they take similar steps not to share it with the wrong people.

Bonus Tip

This same person who called me was convinced they where not getting all their posts from relatives, so I clicked around and found an option to force theses posts to appear first on their wall.

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My brother’s FB page

In the search bar at the top type in the name of the one whose posts you seem to be missing. Click on their name in the list. Notice where it says Following. Click on that, then click on See First. It worked in this woman’s case. Please note, older posts from this person will not jump to the top– only newer posts.


About the Author

Terry Hollett

Terry is a self-taught computer aficionado, who after being exposed to Windows 3.1 in the early 1990's devoured every book and magazine on the subject he could get his hands on. A published author with over 20 years' experience building and servicing computers for friends and family he started his first website in 2002 at Hit Any Key.

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