How to Upload PDFs to Tumblr

Tumblr doesn't give you the option to upload your files to their servers and then share them on your blog. To overcome this limitation and post PDF files or Word documents on Tumblr, you need to host the files online first. Many online storage services can host your files for free.

Hosting the Files Online

Upload PDF and Word documents to one of the cloud storage providers. Most services, including Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive and Dropbox, generate permanent links to your files. Copy the link to the file, and then post it on Tumblr.

Google Drive

If you have a Google account, you can use Google Drive to store your PDFs and Word documents online and then share them on Tumblr. Don't forget to change the sharing settings so that other people can view and download the documents.

Microsoft OneDrive

Microsoft OneDrive is integrated in Windows 8.1 so you can upload and share your files easily. You can, for example, send documents to OneDrive directly from Microsoft Office. Anyone with a Microsoft account can host documents on OneDrive. Make sure to change the file permissions to allow others to view and download the documents.

Dropbox

Create a Dropbox Basic account to use the service for free. After you register and log in to Dropbox, you can upload your PDFs and Word documents and then share the files on Tumblr.

Sharing PDFs and Word Documents on Tumblr

Step

Log in to Tumblr and then click the Text button on the dashboard to start a new text post.

Clicking the Text button on the Tumblr dashboard.
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Typing a Tumblr post.
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Step

Type a title for the new post, type the text you want your audience to see and insert any additional elements you'd like to include with the PDF — images and videos, for example.

Clicking the Link button after highlighting text.
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Step

Highlight the text you want to act as a hyperlink — people click it to navigate to the document — and then click the Link button in the toolbox that displays above the selected text.

Inserting the URL and clicking Done.
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Step

Type or paste the URL you obtained from the online storage service into the box and then click Done to create the hyperlink. Click Post to post the update on your Tumblr blog.