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Have you ever noticed how many little Facebook symbols are scattered throughout the Facebook landscape? There has to be a Facebook team in some back cubicle at headquarters just thinking up what little image Facebook could offer next.

Whatever the reason for so many little images, the one thing it can do is cause a bit of confusion for newcomers. While many of the tiny icons are self-explanatory, for many people who are not only new to Facebook but also new to computers, some of these images can be a real mystery.

In the past, here at MUO, we’ve helped new users navigate through Facebook. Rob showed you the most recent Facebook Messenger features Have You Tried These 10 New Facebook Messenger Features Yet? Have You Tried These 10 New Facebook Messenger Features Yet? We've done some digging and found even more features that could make Messenger more useful for you. Read More . And Dan showed you the ins and outs of following and followers on Facebook The Ins and Outs of Followers & Following on Facebook The Ins and Outs of Followers & Following on Facebook If you're not Facebook friends with a person, how can they see your updates on their home page? If someone is following you, how can you stop them? And what "following" anyway? Read More . Today, I’m going to put together a quick reference guide that you can use when one of those little Facebook symbols really has you stumped.

Simple Facebook Symbols

I’ve separated all of these Facebook Symbols into two groups – the common icons most people recognize, and then the obscure ones a lot of people don’t know about.

  • facebook symbols and meanings One of the most recognizable images both inside and outside of Facebook – this is the famous “Like” icon. You can Like a status update Powerful Ways to Increase Your Facebook Likes and Engagement Powerful Ways to Increase Your Facebook Likes and Engagement There are a number of strategies and approaches for engagement that can help you to reach more people with your Facebook posts for free. Read More , quote, link, image or anything else? Click this image and let everyone know.
  • symbols on facebook At the top of your Facebook home page, you’ll notice three dark icons. The image of earth represents your notification list of all of the latest updates from your friends, as well as your favorite pages and groups.
  • symbols on facebook Click on this little conversation bubble icon, and you’ll see a dropdown box displaying the latest Facebook messages you’ve received.
  • symbols on facebook Finally, the last image at the top of the home page is the “Friend Request” icon. Click on this, and if you have any new friend requests, they’ll show up in a drop-down box.

The following icons are well known by most Facebook users, so I won’t waste much time on them.

Above your edit field, you’ll see three symbols; a pen (to edit the post), a computer (to add a photo or video How to Watch Facebook Videos on Your TV How to Watch Facebook Videos on Your TV If you want to share a Facebook video with your entire living room, then the best thing to do is cast the video right onto your TV. Read More to your post) or a video camera (to capture live video for your post).

Starting from the upper-left under the edit field, you’ll see the icon for sharing photos or videos (either captured live or from files saved on your computer or mobile device). To the right of that you’ve got the “Feeling/Activity” icon where you can share with everyone how you’re feeling right now.

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Next row on the left is the “Check in” icon which lets you use your GPS (or selected) location to share where you’re located Facebook Adds Live Location Tracking to Messenger Facebook Adds Live Location Tracking to Messenger You have been able to share your location on a one-off basis for some time, but Facebook has now added real-time location sharing to the mix. What could possibly go wrong?! Read More with your Facebook friends. To the right of that is the “Tag Friends” icon where you can tag any of your friends you’ve mentioned in your post or your shared photo.

Finally, there’s the “Sticker” icon, which is a lot like the “Feelings” icon, except that when you click on it, you can apply a big (some would say gaudy) sticker/picture from a pre-made list of “stickers” you can choose from.

Click on any one of these icons to add that type of content to your wall.

By the way — if you want to see the largest collection of Facebook symbols anywhere, while you’re editing or creating a post, just click on the “emoji” face to the lower left of the edit field.

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Yes, this is where you find smiley faces everyone uses. But as you can see from the row of other icons, you can find pages and pages of emoji. You’ll find everything from animals and electronics to sports and flags. Have fun!

Dealing With Facebook Posts

The last few most common icons are the ones that show up in the box below, when you click the down arrow to the upper right of a post.

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This window appears with different options depending on where the post is and who posted it. In the example above, the post was published by someone else and shows up on my timeline. The top icon “Hide post” lets you let Facebook now you don’t like the post and want to see fewer posts from that person. Or if you don’t want to see anything at all from that person, you can click the next icon down to “Unfollow” the person.

The third icon down is the comment bubble with an exclamation. This is to report the post to Facebook as troublesome. The next icon is to save the post to your Facebook bookmarks One Overlooked Feature That Makes Facebook More Productive One Overlooked Feature That Makes Facebook More Productive Facebook is fantastic, but it can be a productivity drain. If you sit to read each link, you'll be spending far more time on Facebook than is healthy for you. What to do? This. Read More . The globe icon is to enable notifications so if anyone posts a comment, you’ll get a notification for it. And finally, the last icon is to get code that will let you embed the post anywhere else outside of Facebook.

If you click the down arrow at the upper right of one of your own posts, you’ll have many more options — but none of them include any special Facebook symbols.

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These are just options to change the post in some way, or even delete it entirely.

Just above the post, next to your name, you’ll see an icon of two people with a small arrow to the right. Click on the arrow and you’ll see another window like the one below.

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This is an important dropdown, because it allows you to set the privacy level of your posts. This is something too few people pay attention to — but it can mean the difference between things being seen only by family and friends, or by the entire internet.

If you click the top globe icon, your post will be visible to the whole web 4 Vital Facebook Privacy Settings You Should Check Right Now 4 Vital Facebook Privacy Settings You Should Check Right Now Facebook's been changing privacy options again. As usual, the default option is for you to be oversharing your details, so here's what you need to know to set things right. Read More . If you click any of the icons below it, you can set it to only show up for your immediate friends, friends of friends, or you can actually block the post from specific friends if you want to.

Obscure Facebook Symbols

The next batch of Facebook symbols are well known to regular Facebook users, but may not be quite as recognizable to brand new users. How many of these do you recognize?

If you scroll down on your main profile page and look to the left, you’ll see an “Explore” area in the left navigation bar. There are many unusual icons here.

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The blue circle with images of people represents “Groups” on Facebook that you can join. The Calendar page is to find events in your area (or online events) posted on Facebook. The flag icon is where you’ll find Facebook Pages that might interest you. The white square with blue people images is where you can go to set up or edit your Friend Lists How to "Friend" Someone on Facebook & Hide It From Your Status Updates How to "Friend" Someone on Facebook & Hide It From Your Status Updates Don't want everyone to know you've got a new Facebook friend? Here's how to hide your new connections from your wall, status updates, and News Feed. Read More . The red ribbon is where you’ll find all the posts and pages you’ve saved.

The wrench is to add or remove apps from your Facebook account. The small game screen is fairly obvious — it’s where you’ll find Facebook Games to play. The blue chart is the Ads Manager dashboard, which is a special Facebook area for online publishers and other Facebook advertisers. And the clock with an arrow around it is “On This Day“, where you’ll find posts you made many years ago, on today’s date.

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If you click on See More, you’ll see the icons above, in the following order:

  • Fundraisers – where you can donate money to worthy causes (or start your own).
  • Live Video – Where you can find all sorts of random live video published on Facebook (or stream your own)
  • Pokes – Where you can see who poked you or poke someone (I really wish Facebook would get rid of this feature…).
  • Pages Feed – A feed of all activity from your Liked pages.
  • Games Feed – A feed of all activity from your games.
  • Suggest Edits – You can improve information about places around you by sharing information you know about them with Facebook.
  • Notes – Did you know you can basically write a blog post on Facebook Write and Share Rich, Beautiful Facebook Posts With New Facebook Notes Write and Share Rich, Beautiful Facebook Posts With New Facebook Notes Facebook Notes seems to be a competitor to Medium, the long-form blogging tool for Twitter, but it's integrated tightly into the world's largest social network. Read More ? Yup, that’s what a Note is
  • Photos – A collection of all of your photos and albums.
  • Offers – Your collection of saved company offers from Facebook.
  • Recent Ad Activity – Do you click on ads? Find out by clicking on this symbol.
  • Payment History – Only relevant if you buy Facebook ads or otherwise pay Facebook for services.

Didn’t realize you could do so much on Facebook? Well, we’re not even done yet. Scroll down some more and you’ll see the following symbols in the left navigation menu.

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Here’s what these icons mean, from the top down.

  • Order Food – I know it sounds crazy, but you can get to the order page of local restaurants by using this link.
  • JobsScan through local jobs Is Jobs on Facebook the Best Job Search Engine in 2017? Is Jobs on Facebook the Best Job Search Engine in 2017? Jobs on Facebook lets you search for openings through your favorite social network. But is it a good way to find a new job? We take a detailed look. Read More and see if anything strikes your fancy.
  • Moments – Create shared photo albums with friends and family.
  • Town Hall – Want to get in touch with your local political representatives? This is where you can do it.
  • Create a Frame – Yes, this is where your Facebook friends create those silly photo frames around their Facebook photos.
  • Weather – Quickly get today’s weather as well as the forecast for the rest of the week.
  • Recommendations – Ask your friends for recommendations, or offer a few of your own.

Did this guide help you identify any new Facebook icons that you never knew about? Do you know of any other strange or obscure icons that aren’t on this list? Share your insight in the comments section below.

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  1. Barrie Hazzard
    September 22, 2017 at 11:47 am

    What does this symbol..3 arrowheads pointing up?..ie. ^^^

  2. JJ
    September 18, 2017 at 12:48 am

    I disagree with your advice. It seems really close-minded, like you're asserting your own cultural views on socializing on others who might have different cultural social mores. Your advice about adding friends "conservatively" is NOT Facebook policy. That's your policy. It's totally acceptable to add "friends" in any way one chooses. Every community & individual is different in the way the relate to the world, whether that be open to with many people or closed off to a few people. People on Facebook are assumed to be old enough to decide whom and whom not to accept a friend request from. Never hurts to reach out no matter how well you know someone.

  3. Dee Ann
    September 13, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    This was very helpful to someone who has never had a facebook account before.
    Thank You

  4. Sharon Gascic
    August 30, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    What are all the new symbols by ones notifications? Use to be very simple. Symbols for like, love, funny, wow, sad, angry.....Now I'm seeing orange, gold, green symbols...what are they and their meaning?

  5. Vicki
    August 29, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    I have been trying to find out what this symbol means. I find it next to some peoples' names. It looks like a house. Triangle top, three columns, and a rectangle base.

    • Jamie Fleck
      September 1, 2017 at 3:41 am

      Yes! I have seen this too! No clue what they mean and cannot find any info about it.

    • Eris
      September 11, 2017 at 4:09 pm

      I've seen it also. Usually on pages.
      I dunno if it means something about how often they comment or something else.