Collaborate on Paper docs

In Dropbox Paper, you can collaborate with people by:

  • Mentioning them in line and in comments
  • Commenting on text and images
  • Creating task lists


Mention a colleague anywhere in your Paper doc by typing @ (at) and then their name.

If the person you mention has a Dropbox account, their name is shortened to reflect the name on their account.

If you click a hyperlinked name, a dropdown appears. You can then search every shared doc that person created.


Comment on a doc:

  1. Highlight a line of text to bring up the formatting toolbar.
  2. Click the comment icon (a speech bubble) in the menu that appears.

You can @ (at) mention a colleague in your comment to send a notification.

Note: You can also create a comment by hovering your mouse pointer in the right margin beside a line of text.

Comment on a spot of an image:

1. Click the image that you'd like to comment on.
2. Click the circle icon with the plus sign to comment on a specific area of an image.
3. Click the section of the image you'd like to comment on.
4. Type your comment and click Post.

Image toolbar

Task lists

You can create lists of tasks that need to be accomplished and to assign these tasks to colleagues. To do so, highlight a line of text to bring up the formatting toolbar. Then click the checkmark icon in the menu that appears.

Once you've created a task list, @ (at) mention colleagues to assign specific tasks. Your colleagues will receive a notification for each task.


Attribution shows you who wrote a section of a document. The name of the person who wrote a part of a document is shown beside the text. Attribution works even if you copy-and-paste from one Paper doc to another.

Note: Attribution doesn't always indicate the original writer of text. If the content is copy-pasted into Paper, the attributor may change:

  • Content copied from external sources, or pasted without formatting, is attributed to the person who pastes it
  • Content copied from another Paper doc is attributed to the original contributor
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