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Commenting in your Design

The ability to leave comments and tag project stakeholders in the design context provides visibility and better communication throughout the entire design process. You can add comments and also draw in an entire document or area in your design (available in Schematic and both 2D and 3D layout modes in PCB).

Once you share a project, all of the stakeholders can view and comment on the design from within Altium Designer, or through the Altium 365 web browser interface. Project participants not familiar with Altium Designer can review and leave comments by accessing the design via their web browser without having to install Altium Designer. All comments will sync across and appear both in the web view and within Altium Designer, always in the context of your design.

1. Commenting in Altium Designer

In the project tree on the left side, select the document you want to comment on.

Fig. 1 - Project file is opened in Altium Designer
Fig. 1 - Project file is opened in Altium Designer

There are several options to leave comments:

  1. There is an icon on the top right corner of your screen, next to the 'Share' button.
  2. Comment Panel > Place a Comment
  3. At the top menu bar, select Place > Comment and select the desired location with the crosshair cursor.
  4. Or use the shortcut Ctrl+Alt+C
Fig. 2 - Comment Options
Fig. 2 - Comment Options
    Fig. 3 - Comment for Area
    Fig. 3 - Comment for Area

    Tip: You can display the Comments Panel in Altium Designer by choosing View > Panels > Comments.

    Enter your comment in the dialog box, then click Post to publish. You have an option to tag a user or to attach a freehand drawing (scroll down for detailed instructions).

    Commenting and tag a user
    Fig. 4 - Commenting and tagging a user.
    Clicking on the three dots in the upper right of the dialog box, you will also have the option to “Edit,” “Delete,” or “Copy Link” (you can share a link to a specific comment if you need to share the exact position where the comment/markup is located with another person). You can also click on the “Show original design screenshot” option to see how the design looked when the comment was made.
    Fig. 5 - Menu Choices
    Fig. 5 - Menu Choices

    To draw or edit a freeform shape, click the Pencil icon in the Comments dialog box. With the Pencil icon chosen, you will be able to write, underline, or draw a shape.

    Draw in a Design
    Fig. 6 - Draw in a design

    Tip: You can mention a specific user using the @ symbol before their email address in the comment, for example, @john.doe@altium.com. This user will receive an email notification.

    Once the issue has been addressed, the comment can be resolved and hidden. To resolve the comment click  in the upper-right corner of the comment then select Resolve. The comment will become hidden in the panel

    'Resolve' and 'Unresolve' a Comment
    Fig. 7 - 'Resolve' and 'Unresolve' a Comment


    Resolved comments do not disappear, but are hidden. To show all resolved comments, click the arrow  in the upper-right corner of the Comments panel,  then in the drop-down menu select the “Unresolved only” option.

    Fig. 8 - Make Resolved comments visible in the Comments panel
    Fig. 8 - Make Resolved comments visible in the Comments panel

    Tip: You can ‘unresolve’ the comment by clicking   in the upper-right corner of the comment. This comment will again display in the Comments panel.

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