Searching in your Whimsical workspace

Whimsical has four different options for searching, depending on what you’re looking for:

They are:

Read on to learn how each one works, or jump to a specific section with the links above.

Open the search menu with this icon in the top right corner of your workspace:

Or with the keyboard shortcut Command (or Ctrl) + J.

Tip: This will search file & folder names by default. To search the file or folder you’re currently viewing use the keyboard shortcut Command (or Ctrl) + F instead.

When you open the search menu, you’ll see your 6 most recently viewed files, and can navigate through them with the up and down arrow keys:


Searching “Here” will look for matches in the specific file or folder that you have open.

  • In a folder, the names of the files within will be searched.
  • In a board, wireframe, project, or doc, the file’s contents will be searched.
  • In a doc, the names of any nested files will also be searched.

Note: To use your browser’s built-in page search instead, use Command (or Ctrl) + F again after opening the Whimsical search.

File and folder names

Searching “File & folder names”, will look for matches in all files and folders in your workspace that you have access to, including:

  • Your private files.
  • Files shared with the workspace.
  • Files that belong to teams that you are a member of.
  • Files that have been shared with you.

It will not return results from other workspaces you are a part of, or files or folders from other member’s private sections.

You’ll also see the parent folder or file alongside each result:


Searching “Cards” will look for matches in the titles and descriptions of project cards in all files that you have access to.

Note: Searching “Here” in a file, or “Everything” will also search for matching project cards.


Finally, to look for matches in all accessible file and folder names, or their contents you can search “Everything”.

To switch to searching “Everything” after typing, hit “Command + Option + Enter” on Mac, or “Ctrl + Alt + Enter” on Windows.

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