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How do I cancel a Facebook event?

This article on how to cancel a Facebook event follows on from How Do I Create A Facebook Event? and other posts on Facebook events you can find links to below.

Why would I want to cancel a Facebook event?

There are as many reasons why you need to cancel a Facebook event as there are reasons why you would cancel the event itself. If you want to remove an event from Facebook (and tell the attendees it is cancelled), this article explains how.

How do I cancel my Facebook event?

You will find the button for cancelling an event when you Edit the event. Click on the Edit button on the right-hand side of the screen:

edit a facebook event to cancel it

Right down at the bottom, you will see Cancel Event: click on the words:

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This is the Confirm Cancellation screen. You will see a few options:

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You can choose between two options and an extra bonus option:

  • If you choose to Cancel Event, Facebook will tell the guests that it has been cancelled, but people can still post on the event. Click the radio button next to this option to select it.
  • If you chose Cancel Event, you can also add a post to the event with the reason for cancelling in your own words: just type in the free-text box.
  • If you choose to Delete Event, Facebook will tell the guests that it has been cancelled, and then the event and everything everyone has posted in the event will disappear

Once you have chosen your option, click the Confirm button to confirm the cancellation. Clicking Cancel will cancel the cancellation – the event won’t be cancelled. Confusing, I know. So confirm the cancellation unless you’ve changed your mind.

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If you have cancelled – rather than deleted – the event, it will still appear in your Events feed, but it shows clearly that it’s cancelled. People can still post messages, which can be useful. You can’t edit it any further.


This article has explained how to cancel your Facebook event.

Related posts on this blog

How Do I Create A Facebook Event?

How Do I Communicate With The People Attending My Facebook Event?

How Do I Change The Time Of My Facebook Event?

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Posted by on February 15, 2017 in Facebook

 

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How do I change the time of my Facebook event?

This article on how to change the time of my Facebook event follows on from How Do I Create A Facebook Event? and How Do I Communicate With The People Attending My Facebook Event? and actually covers the question I asked in the first place when I had created a Facebook event but needed to change the time.

Why is it so hard to change the time of a Facebook event?

It isn’t actually difficult at all to change the time of your event, however it is not obvious or intuitive. We’re used to getting drop-down menus or calendars or options when we try to edit an event in a calendar, but Facebook (currently) does it a bit differently.

How do you edit a Facebook event?

Once you have set up an event, you can edit it at any time by clicking the Edit button on the right of the screen:

How to edit a Facebook event

This takes you into the edit screen. Here you can add a photo, change the name, add a location and change the date and time.

Here’s the confusing part. If you want to change the date, click on the calendar icon and a calendar sheet will come up where you can select the date:

Edit date of a facebook event

However, when you click on the time, all you will get is the hour or minute section highlighted. Nothing to drop down, no arrows, no clock. This has confused many people.

change the time on a facebook event

However, all you need to do is click on that highlight and use your number keypad or top row numbers to type in your new number. If you want it to read 8:30, start by highlighting the hour and typing 8.

It’s not completely simple, though. Once you get to the minutes, the numbers move along the field like the numbers on a till – so if you highlight :00 and press the 3 key, this will happen:

change facebook event time

and you actually have to type 30 to get it to read 30 and not 03. I don’t know about you, but I expected the cursor to be at the beginning, so you could just type a 3 and get 30.

Anyway, there you go – click Save and there’s your date changed:

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This article has explained how to change the time of a Facebook event.

Related posts on this blog

How Do I Create A Facebook Event?

How Do I Communicate With The People Attending My Facebook Event?

How do I cancel a Facebook event?

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Posted by on February 8, 2017 in Facebook

 

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How do I communicate with people coming to my Facebook event?

This article follows on from How Do I Create A Facebook Event? and you should read that one first if you’re starting out on the process. Today we’re talking about how to communicate to the guests who are attending your Facebook event.

How can I get in touch with people attending my Facebook event?

There are two ways to do this: add a post to the event, or message attendees.

Adding a post to the event

Once you’ve created an event, when you go into the event page, you will find that it looks quite like a normal Facebook newsfeed. On the left-hand side, you will find an option to Write Post / Add Photo/Video or Create Poll (you can create a poll to find out people’s music or food preferences, for example).

Type your message into the text box and hit Post and your message will be visible on the event page.

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You can use the drop-down arrow that appears in the top right to “pin” your post to the top of the event newsfeed if it’s important.

Who will see this message? Anyone who visits the event page and people whose notification settings are set to send them posts in events they’re attending.

Where will you see replies? Anyone can reply to your post and all comments will be visible to everyone who is invited to a private event or who looks at a public event.

Messaging your guests

There is also an option to send a Facebook Message to your guests.

On the right-hand side, under the list of guests who are attending, you will find a Message Guests link:

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When you click on the link, you have the option to select the group of people who are going, those who have replied maybe and those you have invited but who haven’t responded. So this is a good way to remind people to reply, as well as to send messages onto to those people who are attending.

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Write your message at the bottom of the screen, tick Send as group message and press Send, just like you would when using a standard Facebook Message.

Who will see this message? Only the people in the particular group you’ve selected, so it’s useful if you want to tell people something without telling the whole world, or chivvy along invitees who haven’t yet responded.

Where will you see replies? Replies will appear in the Facebook Messenger session that you’ve set up by doing this.


This article has explained how to get in touch with people attending your Facebook event.

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How Do I Create A Facebook Event?

How do I change the time of my Facebook event?

How do I cancel a Facebook event?

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Posted by on February 2, 2017 in Facebook

 

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How do I create a Facebook event?

This article explains how to set up a Facebook event, whether that’s for a work event, a birthday party or any other event you want to invite people to via Facebook.

Please note that all these instructions are for using a desktop computer, however you should be able to use your phone or tablet to use the app in the same way.

Why set up a Facebook event?

If you’re anything like me, most of your friends are on Facebook. Facebook gives you an easy way to set up events, invite people, know who’s coming and message people about the event.

How do I set up a Facebook event?

First of all you need to access the Events area. This is on your Facebook feed screen, under your shortcuts:

Facebook events

Click on Events and you’ll find all the events you’re currently signed up to attend, plus a button to allow you to create a new one:

Create a public or private facebook event

Click on Create Event to create your event. You will then have a choice: you can create a Private Event, which will be invisible to people unless you invite them (good for a party) or a Public Event that anyone can see and join up to (good if you’re promoting a charity event or running a public race, etc.). In this case, we’re clicking on Create Private Event.

create private or public facebook event

Once you’ve clicked on Create Private Event, you can set up your event details:

Create facebook event

Here you can add a photo, add a location (Facebook allows you to choose from locations that already exist or you can just write in whatever you want to) and importantly add the date (click on the calendar, choose the date) and time (overtype the time).

Decide whether you want guests to be able to invite their own friends (useful if you’re not Facebook friends with someone you want to invite but someone you know is) and then click Create Private Event.

Your event is created. Now it’s time to invite some people. Click the Invite button:

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Now you can choose to invite Facebook friends or add email addresses (I’m not sure how this works as I’ve never done it – please comment below if you have!).

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I chose Invite Facebook friends – I then get a list of all my friends and also handy groups of friends or attendees of previous events:

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Click on the button by the name to invite someone (the list will change if you select the groups of people on the left) and click Send Invites when you’ve finished.

This will then send invitations to all guests. How they receive these depends on how they have set their notifications, by the way.

How do I know who is attending my event?

If you want to look at or edit your event, go back into that Events area and your event will be in the listing:

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Click on the event to see who’s going:

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Here I can see that two people are going, and their faces appear in the right hand area.

This article has explained how to set up a Facebook event, invite people and see who is attending. I have continued to write about editing, communicating with attendees and deleting events.

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How do I communicate with the attendees of my Facebook event?

How do I change the time of my Facebook event?

How do I cancel a Facebook event?

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2017 in Facebook

 

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How do I stop seeing my friend’s posts in a Facebook group or page appearing in my newsfeed?

This is a companion piece to the article I published last week on how you can stop your posts in a public Facebook group appearing in your friends’ newsfeeds (hint: you can’t). That post explained the different kinds of Facebook group and how much you post in each kind is visible to the outside world.

This article looks at the situation from the other side: how do you hide the posts that your friend makes in a Facebook group or on a Facebook page that you’re really not interested in.

What’s the problem?

Say your friend has just joined a quilting group and all he does is post, post, post in this group about quilts he’s made, ones he wants to make, techniques, meetups etc. And while you love your friend dearly, you really do not want to see all this stuff about quilting, because you’re all about judo and archery. Is there a way to hide this stuff, and the posts he puts on a fan page for a famous quilter? Yes, there is.

How do I hide my friends’s posts on a particular Facebook page or in a group?

When you catch one of the posts in a group you don’t want to see (and this isn’t always easy, as Facebook likes to show you random stuff every now and then, rather than all of everything all the time), you will see a little down-arrow in the top right corner of the post.

Click on the down arrow and you’ll be given some options. Note: this example is for a page, and I don’t really want to stop seeing these posts, it’s just for illustrative purposes …

Hide in your feed

You can see here that you can hide just this one post, unfollow your actual friend (but stay friends), or hide posts from that particular page. This message is the same whether you’ve Liked the page yourself or not, but you won’t get the option for a Group you’re a member of.

Click on “Hide all from … [group name / page name] and you won’t see posts from that source again.

Note that there’s no way for your friend to stop their posts in a public Facebook group appearing on your newsfeed (see the link at the top of this article for why), so if you don’t want to see them, this is the way to stop seeing them.

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Other useful posts on this blog

How to stop your posts in a public Facebook group appearing in your friends’ newsfeeds

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How to add a moderator or admin to your Facebook page

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How do I stop seeing new comments on a Facebook post?

How do I hide a Facebook post?

How do I remove a member from a Facebook group?

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Posted by on December 9, 2015 in Facebook

 

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How do I stop my posts in a Facebook group from appearing on my friends’ newsfeeds?

1 menuThis issue came up for me today and I thought it was worth sharing, as I had to go searching around for the answer.

What’s the problem?

You’re a member of a Facebook group discussing, for example, interior decoration. The group is a public or open Facebook group, so even if you have to ask to join and be approved before you can post, the posts are public.

So, you merrily start conversations about sofas and wallpaper, post pictures, create Events and join Events, and respond to other people’s posts.

Nothing appears on your own timeline out in main Facebook.

But your friends who aren’t in the group will see a selection of your posts in that Facebook group, whether or not they’re interested in interior decoration.

Why can my friends see my Facebook group posts?

If the group is a Public or Open group, that means that anyone can see the group, the members of the group and the posts they post.

It’s all down to the group, not to your individual settings. There is no way you can stop this happening (and there are some very cross posts and comments about this all over the Internet).

What are the kinds of Facebook groups?

A Public / Open group – everyone can see who is a member and what they post. You might have to be approved to post in the group or you might not, but everything will still be seen.

This kind of group is intended to be welcoming and visible and isn’t suitable if it’s for discussing private matters.

Closed group – everyone can see the group name and find the group, but no one who isn’t in the group can see the members and posts. You will need to ask to join this group and need to be approved before you can post.

If you have friends in a private group, you will see their posts in your timelines / newsfeed, and vice versa, but no one else will.

This kind of group is good if you want to be found, but don’t want your discussions all over the whole of Facebook.

A Secret group – no one can see the group name or the members or posts. It’s not searchable, even to find the name of the group. Members have to invite people to join the group.

This kind of group is useful for a support group or private discussion about an event where you know who you want to invite to join the group.

How do I tell what kind of group a Facebook group is?

When you look at the group home page, there will be a note underneath which states what kind of group it is. Here are some examples:

A Public group:

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A Closed Group:

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When you hover over Closed Group:

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A Secret Group:

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How do I stop my friends seeing all my posts in this Facebook group?

Short answer: if it’s an open group, you can’t.

Your friends can hide the posts from that group using the down-arrow in the corner of one of the posts, but you’d have to instruct all of your friends to do this and I’m sure this is not really feasible.

There is no setting in your profile that can stop your friends seeing the posts.

The only way to make sure that no one except friends who are also in the group can see your group posts is to change the group setting to Closed. Obviously, a moderator will need to do this, if you’re not the moderator.

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Other useful posts on this blog

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How to delete posts and block users from your Facebook page

How to add a moderator or admin to your Facebook page

How do I stop videos auto-playing in Facebook and Twitter?

How do I stop seeing new comments on a Facebook post?

How do I hide a Facebook post?

How do I remove a member from a Facebook group?

How do I delete a Facebook group?

 
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Posted by on December 2, 2015 in Facebook

 

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How do I stop videos auto-playing in Facebook and Twitter?

There have been several examples recently, sadly, where people have seen videos that have been shared to their timelines and automatically played on their screens, maybe something they wouldn’t have chosen to see, which now they can’t “unsee”. I actually had to look up how to turn this off in Twitter, so I thought I’d share a few instructions so we all know how to stop videos auto-playing, and can choose when and whether to view them.

Please note that these instructions are for your PC or laptop, although I offer a few hints for resolving this issue on your phone and tablet at the end, too.

Note: Facebook and Twitter change how to do things all the time. Please let me know if these instructions have become outdated and I need to refresh them!

How do I stop videos auto-playing in Facebook?

To stop videos auto-playing, you will need to go into your settings. In Facebook you can find these under the little arrow at the very top right of the Facebook screen. Click on the arrow and select Settings from the drop down menu:

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In the Settings menu, there is now a specific link for videos:

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Click on Videos to access the relevant screen:

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Choose Off or On. Note that Facebook also gives you a link with advice on how to disable this option on the official Facebook app.

There’s no Save changes button, so you’re done, and videos won’t now auto-play in your Facebook timeline.

How do I stop videos auto-playing in Twitter?

In Twitter, we follow the same principles as in Facebook – so it’s in your Settings. Settings are accessed by clicking your own icon in the Twitter screen, then selecting Settings:

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Once you’re in the Settings menu, you’ll find the video area under Content in the first, Account screen:

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You can untick Video autoplay to get videos to stop auto-playing in your timeline.

It’s also worth noting the area just above this, where you can choose to be informed – or not – if you are about to view sensitive material.

Once you’ve ticked what you need to tick, scroll down and click save changes:

6 twitter settingsTwitter will now ask you to confirm the change by entering your password:

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And now you’ve turned off auto-play on Twitter.

How do I stop videos auto-playing on my phone and tablet?

On the official Facebook app on your phone or tablet, hit those three horizontal lines that are supposed to resemble a hamburger, then scroll allllllll the way down to the bottom to Help & Settings. Click on Account Settings and you’ll see the option for Videos Play Automatically – click it to change it from On to Off.

On the official Twitter app on your phone or tablet, press the three dots in a vertical row at the top right to access Settings, then choose General and click on Video autoplay, and make sure that you select Never play videos automatically.

On third-party apps, you will need to look for three dots in a vertical row, three horizontal lines or a cog wheel, find the Setttings and take it from there.

This post has shown you how to stop videos auto-playing in Facebook and Twitter on your desktop, laptop, mobile and tablet. You can find more on social media in the Resource Guide or by using the Search box in the right-hand column.

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Posted by on September 10, 2015 in Facebook, Twitter

 

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