When you first open Figma, we'll take you to the file browser.
The file browser enables you to navigate through your account. You can use it to access personal files in your Drafts, create and join teams, and connect with the wider Figma Community.
On the left side of the page is the sidebar. This provides the main method of navigation for getting around Figma.
We'll display everything else - your files, teams, and projects - in the main body of the file browser. Explore each aspect of the file browser below.
In the top-left corner of the file browser, you'll see your name and profile picture.
- Click on your name to access your global settings.
- Click the next to your name to view any notifications for your account.
In your account, switch between the following tabs:
- Teams: View your activity across your teams.
- Public: Preview or update your public Figma Community profile.
- Plugins: Manage installed plugins, or plugins you have in development.
- Settings: View your global settings or customize your Figma experience:
Use the search field to find resources in your Figma account.
Figma separates search results based on the type of resource you're looking for. Click on the tabs to switch between results.
In Starter, Education, and Professional teams you can search for:
- Files: In your Drafts, teams, shared projects, and files shared in the Figma Community.
- Projects: From teams you're in, or projects collaborators have shared with you.
- Profiles: Search for collaborators and view their contributions to teams, or the Figma Community.
- Plugins: Search for plugins in the Figma Community.
View and sort results
Figma separates search results based on the type of resource you're looking for.
- By default, Figma will search for internal resources within your Drafts and Teams. Click Community to view any search results in the Figma Community.
- Use the icons to switch between Grid and List views.
- Click the next to Relevance to change the sort criteria. Options will depend on which type of resource you are viewing.
Open your Recent files to find Files you've recently viewed or edited.
- Personal Files from your Drafts folder.
- Files from any Teams you're a part of.
- Files from other Teams or Projects.
- Files from other people's Drafts.
- Files you've accessed via Link sharing.
The Figma Community is a public space where creators can publish design files and plugins. This allows anyone in the world to follow, share, and support fellow creators.
Click Community to browse, discover, and duplicate files, or install plugins made by the Figma Community. Learn more in our guide to Figma Community →
Click on Drafts to access both your Drafts and Deleted Files. Use the tabs to switch between Drafts and Deleted Files.
Every Figma account comes with its own Drafts. You can think of your Drafts like a sketchbook or notebook. It's a place where you can jot down your ideas and experiment with different concepts.
Drafts are separate from any teams or projects. Any files you create here are your own. There are no limits in the Drafts folder, so create as many files as you like!
- Click next to Drafts in the sidebar to create a new file in your Drafts.
- Or, click the New File button in the File Browser.
The Deleted files tab is an archive of all files you have deleted.
When you delete a file, Figma will remove the file for all collaborators and send it to Deleted files. If anyone else deletes a File or Project that you are the owner of, it will appear here. Files remain in the Deleted Files folder indefinitely.
It's not possible to open a deleted file. But you can restore, delete, or duplicate deleted files.
Tip! Use the Created by... setting to choose which Files to include in the results. Choose between Files created by Anyone, You, or Others.
Shared files and projects
Find any files or projects collaborators have shared with you in your Shared Files or Shared Projects. This includes:
- Drafts that another collaborator has invited you to.
- External projects that another collaborator has shared with you.
Tip! Use the sort filter in the top-right corner to change the order that files appear. Learn more about viewing and sorting files →
Figma adds every team you are a member of to the file browser. This allows you to access those teams from the sidebar. Figma shows projects you've favorited under the team name.
Click on the team name to open the workspace for that team, where you can manage projects, members, settings, and billing.
Click the New team button in the bottom-left corner to create a new team.
Tip! You can choose the order your teams appear! Click on the team name and drag it up or down. A black line will show where you can move the Team. Release to confirm the new location.