How to comment and reply on Dropbox files

You can comment on a file from your computer or phone. Anyone who can access a file in Dropbox can comment on it, unless you turn off commenting.

How to comment on a file

To comment on a file from your computer, phone or tablet:

  1. Click the file you want to comment on (could this can be from a shared link or directly in your Dropbox account).
  2. On the left side of your screen (computer) or at the bottom (mobile), click the text box that says Write a comment. 
  3. Type your comment. 
    1. You can @mention someone, add a sticker with the smiley face icon, or comment on a specific area of a file with the square icon.
  4. Click Post.

Learn how to comment on a specific part of a file

Who is notified when I leave a comment?

The following people will receive an email, a notification on dropbox.com, and on their connected devices: 

  • The file owner
  • Anyone who has commented on the file
  • Anyone who was @mentioned in your comment

Note: Anyone who has access to view the file can see its comments. 

Learn how to change your notification preferences.

How to reply to comments

To reply to a comment:

  1. Click the file you want to comment on (could be from a shared link or directly in your Dropbox account).
  2. On the left side of your screen (computer) or at the bottom (mobile), you’ll see the Comments pane.
  3. Hover your mouse cursor over an existing comment.
  4. Click Reply to open a text box.
  5. Type your comment. 
  6. Click Post.

You can also reply to a comment you're tagged in by responding directly to the notification email. Your response will appear in the comment pane of that file.

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