Commenting in Whimsical files


  • If you’re on our Starter Plan, you can only invite others to collaborate as viewers in files located in My Files section, so they won't be able to add comments to your files. In the Teams section, you can collaborate on 3 boards and unlimited docs. 

Adding comments

To add a comment when editing a file, click on the element you want to add the comment to and select the Add Comment icon in the toolbar. Alternatively, use the keyboard shortcut Cmd + Option + M (Mac) or Ctrl + Alt + M (PC):

If you're a viewer, select an element and press the C key. 

You can drag / drop images or mention other members of the workspace by typing @ followed by their name.

Editing and deleting comments

To edit a comment you've posted, click the three dots ... and then Edit and don't forget to save the changes:

To delete a comment you've posted, click the three dots, then Delete. Deleted comments cannot be restored.

Replying to comments via email 

You can also add comments directly from your email by replying to email notifications you've received. Email comments support rich text formatting and image upload.

Note: You can't mention a specific person from your workspace when replying to comments via email.

Viewing and resolving comments

When comments are left on an object (like a flowchart shape), or inline in a doc, you'll see the avatar of the original commenter in full color with the total count of comments that you haven't read:

Once you've read the comments, the avatar will be shown with toned down colors, and no count:

To resolve a comment thread, click on the comment bubble, then "Resolve". Only editors can do this. Resolved comments will show a "tick" icon next to the avatar of the original commenter:

When viewing cards, you'll see the total count of unread comments in a solid icon. After all comments are read, you'll see an empty icon:

New comments in a doc discussion will show a small unread indicator (purple dot):

Reacting to comments

For a lightweight response to comments, you can add reactions too. Hover over the smiley face icon and choose from 😁, πŸ‘, πŸŽ‰, πŸ‘€, βž• or πŸ™.

All comment reactions will be shown below the comment, with a total count for each:

Tip: Hovering over a reaction will show you everyone who reacted.

Click on an existing reaction to remove it:

Comment settings

To change comment settings, click on the Comment icon in the top right corner:

The comment sidebar will pop up, and you'll see Comment Settings at the bottom of the screen. You can change the following settings.

Show comments on the board

If you want to see all the commented elements in a board, check Show Comments on the Board. To hide all comments on the board, uncheck the box. You will still be able to see them in the comment sidebar.

Tip: You can also show or hide comments on a board with the keyboard shortcut Shift + Option + C on Mac or Shift + Alt + C on PC.

Show resolved comments

I resolved comments to be visible on the board as well as the comment sidebar, check Show Resolved Comments or uncheck it if you want to hide resolved comments. When shown, resolved comments will appear greyed out in the comment sidebar.

Receive notifications for all comments

To subscribe to / unsubscribe from comment notifications via email, open the file that you want to unsubscribe from, click on the comment icon β†’ Comment Settings β†’ check / uncheck Receive Notifications for All Comments.


Unsubscribing or subscribing only affects the specific file you're in.

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