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Comments & Notifications

Learn how to bring ideas and feedback together with Annotations — use comments, notifications and threads in the web app to get feedback from colleagues, stakeholders or anyone you share your designs with.

With the introduction of Annotations, we’ve converted all your previous comments into annotation pins, which you’ll find in the top left corner of the Artboard they relate to.

How to comment on Workspace documents

You can add annotations anywhere within a document in your Workspace. To do so:

  1. Click the New comment icon Add Annotation 24x24 in the toolbar or press N.
  2. Click anywhere on the Canvas to place the annotation pin. Note: if you are viewing an individual Artboard in the web app, you can only add the comment within it.
  3. Write your comment in the popover — you can add emoji Add emoji, mention users Add Mention 24x24 and use basic Markdown.
  4. Click Send or hit to post your comment.

Once you’re done you can close the annotation by clicking anywhere outside of it. To open it again, click on the annotation pin. In the web app, you’ll find all comments in the Comment tab in the sidebar, so you can easily navigate through them later on. Click one to jump right to it on the Canvas.

Viewing and editing comments

The annotation pin shows the location of a comment on the Artboard and is color-coded. The pin’s colors mean:

  • Orange — an unread comment from another user
  • Blue — a comment you’ve just added
  • Black — a comment you’ve read

Each annotation contains its own Dots Cloud context menu — from there, you can Edit or Delete your own comments, or copy a link to the comment to share via email or chat. You’ll also see icons that let you add emoji Add emoji or mention users Add Mention 24x24 when commenting or replying.

In the web app, the Dots Cloud context menu also allows you to follow a comment by clicking on Follow. Following a comment means you will receive notifications for any activity on the thread.

Note: You’re the only one that can edit your comments, although Admins can delete them.

Where to find comments in the web app

You can find all your comments in the Comment tab. Once you add a comment, it’ll appear for every user that has access to the document and permission to view comments.

How to show or hide annotations

In the Mac app

To hide all annotation pins, open View > Canvas and disable the Show Comments option. Alternatively, you can press ^N. You can bring them all back by repeating this action.

In the web app

To hide all annotation pins select Hide Comments on the Dots Cloud menu or press N. You can still preview them in the Comment tab and bring comments back using the same shortcut.

Who can comment?

When you share a document, we’ll enable commenting by default. If you want to disable commenting for Viewers or Guests on your document, uncheck the ‘Can comment’ option using the Share > View option.

Anyone following a Public link will be able to view the document but will need to sign in to their Sketch account to comment.

Note: You can’t remove the ability to comment for Editors.

Comment threads

Threads make it easy to organize discussions and keep track of different conversations. You can start threads after any comment by adding replies in the comment popover.

On the Canvas, click on the annotation pin you want to reply to. There, you can start a thread by typing in the Write a reply… field. Type your reply, then press Enter to post it.

Below the original comment, you’ll see the number of replies a comment has. To see all the replies, click on the original comment.

How to add a reply to a comment in the web app (September 2022)

How to manage comment notifications

You can choose to get notifications for new comments on a specific thread, a single Artboard (or a selection of them) or for the whole document. By default, we’ll enable notifications for any document you comment on, but you can change this at any time.

An image showing some of the options for following a document in the web app.

How to follow a document or a comment thread in the web app (September 2022).

  1. To receive notifications for a whole document, go to the document’s About tab and click on the Notification Following… button. Select the Follow Entire Document option. To stop receiving notifications, choose Unfollow Document.
  2. To receive notifications on a single comment thread, open the comment popover. Click Dots Cloud and select Notification Follow in the context menu. To stop receiving notifications, click on it again.

If you want to receive notifications for a specific Artboard, open that Artboard and click on the Notification icon under the Comment tab.

An image showing how to follow and Artboard in a document in the web app.

How to follow comments for a single Artboard in the web app (September 2022).

You can choose to follow all the Artboards in a document or just the current one using the menu.

How to view comment notifications

You can access all your notifications by clicking on the Updates tab in the left sidebar. The Updates page shows all the replies and mentions for the documents you follow. To read a document in context or reply click on any comment or mention — we’ll take you right to the related Artboard or document.

An image showing how to access notifications in the web app.

How to access notifications in the web app (September 2022).

Click on the tick that appears to the right of the notification when you hover over it to mark it as read — or select Mark All as Read from the top of the page.

Markdown support in comments

We currently support the following basic Markdown markup within comments:

*italic*
_italic_
**bold**
`code`
    code blocks (start every line with 4 spaces)
> quote
1. orderded lists
- unordered lists
Last updated on 17 Jan 2023

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