Guides and FAQs/Using Scribd/Publishing content

Uploading documents

posted this on October 31, 2012 03:01 PM

Uploading a new document

Publishing documents on Scribd is a breeze. You'll find the Upload button at the top of every page on Scribd. Be sure you're logged into Scribd, then click it to begin.



You can quickly publish single or multiple documents accommodating multiple formats and cloud-based files from Google docs, Facebook and Gmail.

Once you have started to upload, the file will begin converting. If you would like to make the document private, click the checkbox to the right.

Screenshot of converting document.

If you upload multiple files, you can save time by clicking ‘Apply To All’ next to the first document you provide information for. This will automatically apply the category, topics, type and tags to all your documents.

Screenshot illustrating describing two documents.

Include as much information about your document as possible. Title and description fields are required. This is your opportunity to create an engaging title and a short, concise description. As you edit these fields, you can preview them on the left. The more information you provide, the higher the document’s “discoverability” score rises which helps users discover your documents.

Screenshot of title & description entry.

In addition to the title information, you can choose a category, topic, and type. ‘Categories’ cover a really broad range of content while ‘Topic’ helps narrow down the specific subject matter of your content from Government & Politics to Technology. ‘Type’ helps to distinguish whether your document is a research paper, essay, form, etc.

Screenshot of sharing buttons.We all want to share our favorite documents with the world! After you ‘Save & Continue,’ be sure to click and link your social networks and let your friends on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ know that you just published.

New to the publish flow is the ability for you to flag a document you want to have featured on our homepage, where your content will get thousands of reads. We are constantly featuring new documents every day; if you think your document belongs there, convince us by checking the box and providing a solid “sales pitch”. Maybe your publication will be prominently displayed on our homepage!

At this point, you can view your work on Scribd. Congratulations! You’ve published your document. Now, go out there, get to work and start publishing.

Uploading a revision to an existing document

Scribd's publishing platform is great for making your work available to a large online audience, but Scribd is not an editor. There's no way to edit a document's contents once its been uploaded. You can, however, make changes to a document locally and upload the changed document as a new revision. The new revision will replace the old copy while retaining the document's statistics and comments, and the document's URL will remain the same.

First you'll need to edit your original document on your computer. The choice is up to you whether to save your changes using a new file name or overwrite the existing file; the name of the file you upload here won't affect the document on Scribd. When you're ready to upload the revised file, open the document's properties page on Scribd. Click the Revisions tab. If you have never uploaded a revision to the document then you'll see, "There are no revisions available." Click the Publish a new revision of this document link.


You'll see a screen similar to the following. Click Browse and locate the updated copy of the file on your computer.


Click the Upload button to complete the upload of your revision.


Old versions of the document are kept and archived. Nobody can access them, but you can always revert to a previous version later. Simply return to the document's properties page and select the old revision from the list:


Upload-button.pngYou'll also find a handy Upload a Revision button in the right column. Click the button to be taken directly to the Publish a new revision for…

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