Timeline

With Timeline, you can view detailed histories and write notes and comments for orders, draft orders, and transfers in your Shopify. All notes and comments are internal and will not be visible to your customers. If you use the Shopify app, then you can receive notifications whenever you're mentioned in a Timeline comment.

Communicating with Timeline

All communication with Timeline is internal to your store:

Timeline example

  • When you comment on something in your admin, the comment is attached to that order, draft order, or transfer.
  • If you @mention another staff member, that staff member gets an email notification with your comment.
  • If you @mention another staff member who uses the Shopify app, then they get a push notification on their phone with your comment.
  • If you don't @mention anyone, Shopify does not notify anyone about your comment.

Caution

If you print an order page in your Shopify admin, the printed page will include the Timeline comments for that order.

If you don't want your printed order to include comments, uncheck the Show comments box above Timeline before you print, or use an app like Order Printer to print your orders.

Adding comments

You can add comments to orders, draft orders, and transfers.

To add a comment:

  1. From your Shopify admin:

    • click Orders (or press G O) to see your orders.
    • click Orders, then click Drafts to see your draft orders.
    • click Products, then click Transfers (or press G P T) to see your transfers.
  2. Click the number of the order, draft order, or transfer that you want to add a comment to.

  3. In the Timeline section, click to select the box labeled Start typing to leave a comment....

  4. Type your comment. In the comment text, you can link to staff members, orders, customers, or products.

  5. Click Send to post your comment.

Using emojis

You can use emojis in your conversations.

To add an emoji:

  1. While writing a comment, click the button in the comment box.

  2. Click the emoji you want to add to your comment.

Click to add emoji

Did you know?

You can also type emoji names surrounded by colons, like :smile:.

Mentioning staff members

You can @mention your store's staff members in comments. Staff members will get email notifications when they are mentioned in a comment.

To @mention a staff member:

  1. While writing a comment, type an @, then start typing a staff member's name. Shopify will suggest staff members that match what you type.

  2. If Shopify suggests multiple names, use the down and up arrow keys to select a name, and press enter or return to confirm your choice.

    Mention staff member

Did you know?

You can also click the @ button in the comment box to choose from a list of all staff members in your store.

Linking and embedding orders, transfers, customers, or products

Similarly to how you mention staff members in comments, you can also link and embed other orders, transfers, customers, and products. Embedding a resource in your store creates a link from your comment so that people will know exactly what you're talking about.

To embed a resource:

  1. While writing a comment:

    • type #o to mention an order
    • type #d to mention a draft order
    • type #t to mention a transfer
    • type #c to mention a customer
    • type #p to mention a product
    • type #v to mention a variant
  2. Continue typing the name of the resource you want to embed. Shopify will suggest resources matching what you've typed.

    For example, to mention a product called Wool sweater, you could type #pwool.

  3. If there are multiple suggestions, use the down and up arrow keys to select a resource, and press enter or return to confirm your choice.

    Type to mention transfer

Did you know?

You can also click the # button in the comment box to choose from a list of all resources in your store, or paste the admin URL of a resource in your store.

Attaching files

You can attach files to add context or more information to your conversations.

There are a few reasons you might want to attach files to your conversations:

  • You can attach a photo of an item to show its condition before shipping
  • You can attach copies of your inventory transfer receipts to keep all the information in the same place
  • You can attach a photo of a QR code on a shipping label.

To attach a file:

  1. While writing a comment, click the paper clip button in the comment box:

    Paper clip button
  2. Choose the file you want to attach using the dialog box and click Open.

Did you know?

You can also drag-and-drop files into the comment box to attach them to your message.

The file is attached as part of your comment:

Comment with attached file

Adding a profile photo

You can also add a custom photo to your profile so that it appears next to your comments.

To add an avatar:

  1. From your Shopify admin, click your username and account picture.

  2. Click Your Profile:

    Click Your Profile
  3. In the Account information section, click Upload photo.

  4. In the dialog box, find the image you want to use and click Open.

  5. Click Save to confirm the changes to your profile.

Communicating with Timeline

All communication with Timeline is internal to your store:

Timeline iphone

  • When you comment on something in the Shopify app, the comment is attached to that order.
  • If you @mention a staff member, then that staff member gets an email notification with your comment.
  • If you @mention a staff member who uses the Shopify app, then they get a push notification on their phone with your comment.
  • If you don't @mention anyone, then Shopify does not notify anyone about your comment.

Caution

If you print an order page in your Shopify admin, then the printed page will include the Timeline comments for that order.

If you don't want your printed order to include comments, then uncheck the Show comments box above Timeline in your Shopify admin before you print, or use an app like Order Printer to print your orders.

Add comments

To add a comment to an order:

  1. From the Shopify app Orders screen, tap an order.
  2. Swipe the screen down to the Timeline section. The comment field appears:
    Timeline comment field iphone
  3. Enter your comment, and then tap Post:
    Enter timeline comment iphone

Mention staff members

You can @mention your store's staff members in comments. Staff members will get email notifications when they are mentioned in a comment.

To @mention a staff member:

  1. While writing a comment, enter an @, and then start writing a staff member's name. Shopify will suggest staff members that match what you enter.

  2. When you see the staff member that you want to @mention, tap their name:

    Enter staff member iphone

Edit comments

To edit Timeline comments:

  1. From the Shopify app Orders screen, tap the order with the comment that you want to edit.
  2. Tap the ... button beside the comment:
    Timeline more button iphone
  3. Tap Edit comment:
    Timeline more menu iphone
  4. Edit your comment, and then tap Save:
    Edit timeline comment iphone

Delete comments

To delete Timeline comments:

  1. From the Shopify app Orders screen, tap the order with the comment that you want to delete.
  2. Tap the ... button beside the comment:
    Timeline more button iphone
  3. Tap Delete comment:
    Timeline more menu iphone
  4. Tap Delete to confirm:
    Delete comment modal iphone

Enable Timeline notifications

You can use the Shopify app to enable Timeline notifications so that you receive an alert on your iPhone whenever another staff member @mentions you.

To enable Timeline notifications:

  1. From the Shopify app, tap Store:
    Store button iphone
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap the Timeline mentions toggle button to enable the option:
    Timeline notifications toggle iphone

Communicating with Timeline

All communication with Timeline is internal to your store:

Timeline android

  • When you comment on something in the Shopify app, the comment is attached to that order.
  • If you @mention a staff member, then that staff member gets an email notification with your comment.
  • If you @mention a staff member who uses the Shopify app, then they get a push notification on their phone with your comment.
  • If you don't @mention anyone, Shopify does not notify anyone about your comment.

Caution

If you print an order page in your Shopify admin, then the printed page will include the Timeline comments for that order.

If you don't want your printed order to include comments, then uncheck the Show comments box above Timeline in your Shopify admin before you print, or use an app like Order Printer to print your orders.

Add comments

To add a comment to an order:

  1. From the Shopify app Orders screen, tap an order.
  2. Swipe the screen down to the Timeline section. The comment field appears:
    Timeline comment field android
  3. Enter your comment, and then tap the post button:
    Enter timeline comment android

Mention staff members

You can @mention your store's staff members in comments. Staff members will get email notifications when they are mentioned in a comment.

To @mention a staff member:

  1. While writing a comment, enter an @, and then start writing a staff member's name. Shopify will suggest staff members that match what you enter.

  2. When you see the staff member that you want to @mention, tap their name:

    Enter staff member android

Edit comments

To edit Timeline comments:

  1. From the Shopify app Orders screen, tap the order with the comment that you want edit.
  2. Tap the button beside the comment:
    Timeline more button android
  3. Tap Edit comment:
    Timeline more menu android
  4. Edit your comment, and then tap SAVE.

Delete comments

To delete Timeline comments:

  1. From the Shopify app Orders screen, tap the order with the comment that you want delete.
  2. Tap the button beside the comment:
    Timeline more button android
  3. Tap Delete comment:
    Timeline more menu android
  4. Tap DELETE to confirm:
    Delete comment modal android

Enable Timeline notifications

You can use the Shopify app to enable Timeline notifications so that you receive an alert on your Android whenever another staff member @mentions you.

To enable Timeline notifications:

  1. From the Shopify app, tap Store:
    Store button iphone
  2. From the Store screen, tap Settings.
  3. Under General, tap Notifications:
    Notifications button android
  4. Tap the Timeline mentions toggle button to enable the option:
    Timeline notifications toggle android
  5. Tap the check mark to save your changes.

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