Timeline

With Timeline, you can view detailed histories and write notes and comments for orders, draft orders, customers, and transfers in 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.

Communicate with Timeline

All communication with Timeline is internal to your store:

Timeline example

  • When you comment on something in your Shopify admin, the comment is attached to that order, draft order, customer, or transfer.
  • If you @mention another staff member, then that staff member gets an email notification with your comment.
  • If you @mention another staff member who uses the Shopify app, then that staff member gets 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 before you print, or use an app like Order Printer to print your orders.

Add comments to Timeline

You can add comments to orders, draft orders, customers, 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 Customers (or press G C) to see your customers.
    • click Products, then click Transfers (or press G P T) to see your transfers.
  2. Click the order, draft order, customer, or transfer that you want to add a comment to.

  3. In the Timeline section, click to select the box labeled Leave a comment....

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

  5. Click Post to add your comment.

Use emojis on Timeline

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 that you want to add to your comment:

Click to add emoji

Tip

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

Mention staff members on Timeline

You can @mention your store's staff members in comments. Staff members will get email notifications when they are mentioned in a comment. If they use the Shopify app and they have push notifications enabled, then they'll also receive an alert on their mobile device.

To @mention a staff member:

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

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

    Mention staff member

Tip

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

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 entering the name of the resource that you want to embed. Shopify will suggest resources that match what you enter.

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

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

    Type to mention transfer

Tip

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.

Attach files to your Timeline

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

There are a few reasons that 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 icon in the comment box:

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

Tip

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

Add a profile photo to appear on your Timeline

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 image
  3. In the Account information section, click Upload photo.

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

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

Communicate 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 Timeline

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 on Timeline

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 on Timeline

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, and then tap Settings.
  2. Under App settings, tap Notifications.
  3. Under Timeline, tap the Push notifications toggle button to enable the option:
    Timeline notifications toggle iphone

Add an attachment to Timeline

You can attach files to add context or more information to your conversations. There are a few reasons that 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 to a timeline comment:

  1. While adding a comment, tap the attachment button:
    Attachment button iphone
  2. Select a file from one of the available sources:
    Attachment sources iphone
    • Select one of your recent images.
    • Tap Take a photo to take a new photo with your iPhone's camera.
    • Tap Choose from library to access all of the images on your iPhone.
    • Tap Import file from... to browse your files stored on a cloud-based service.
  3. Enter a comment to accompany the attachment.
  4. Tap the post button.

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 Timeline

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 on Timeline

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 on Timeline

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 on Timeline

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.

Add an attachment to Timeline

You can attach files to add context or more information to your conversations. There are a few reasons that 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 to a timeline comment:

  1. While adding a comment, tap the attachment button:
    Attachment button android
  2. Select a file from one of the available sources:
    • Tap Take photo to take a photo with your Android device's camera.
    • Tap Choose from file to add a file saved on your Andriod device.
  3. Enter a comment to accompany the attachment.
  4. Tap the post button.

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