The file browser is what we call the parts of Figma outside of your files and prototypes.
The file browser enables you to explore your workspace and navigate between accounts. Figma opens the file browser when you visit figma.com
- The navigation bar at the top of the workspace allows you to access any account and workspace-level actions.
- On the left side of the page is the sidebar. This provides the main method of navigation for the current workspace.
- Figma will display everything else—your files, teams, and project workspaces—in the main body of the file browser.
Read on to learn about navigating your workspace and interacting with teams, projects, and files in the file browser.
Navigate your workspace
The navigation bar at the top of the workspace allows you to access any account and workspace-level actions.
Note: If you're using the Figma desktop app, you can navigate between the file browser and any files you're viewing. Click to open the file browser for the current workspace. When you're viewing the Community, you can navigate back and forward using the arrow keys.
View the current workspace in the top-left of the file browser. Click to open the workspace switcher to access the Community and any other workspaces you have access to.
Use the search field to find resources in the organization workspace. Figma separates search results based on the type of resource you're looking for.
Click on the tabs to switch between results:
- Files: find files in your drafts, shared projects, and any teams.
- Projects: find shared projects you have access to or team projects.
- People: find collaborators and view their contributions to your teams.
- Teams: find open and closed teams in your organization.
- Plugins: find and install plugins that are private to the organization.
View and manage any notifications within the organization workspace. Learn more about notifications →
View and manage account-level settings from the account menu:
- Community: View and update your Community profile
- Internal profile: View your internal profile ↓
- Plugins: View and manage your installed plugins
- Settings: View and update your account settings
- Switch account: Switch accounts and workspaces
- Add accounts: Log in to your Figma account
- Log out: Select an email address to log out of a specific account, or Log out of all accounts.
Select Recent in the left sidebar to view and access files and prototypes you've recently viewed or edited from this account.
This includes files and prototypes from your drafts, team files, and any other shared files you've opened. It's not possible to view recent files across multiple Figma accounts.
Figma lists files and prototypes separately, you can use the tile icon to identify files from prototypes:
- Design files
- FigJam files
There are extra file actions ↓ available from the recent space. Right-click on the file to view the file actions.
- Show in project: open the project page where the file is located. Figma will open that project page in the file browser.
- Remove from recent: remove the file or prototype from your recents. This won't delete the file, you can still access the file from the team/project where it's located.
Want to leave the file completely? If components from that file are still showing up in the assets panel of your other files, you can leave the file. Learn how to remove your access to a library →
Access both your Drafts and any Deleted files from the Drafts workspace. Use the tabs at the top of the page to switch between them.
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!
The Deleted files folder is an archive of any files you have access to that have been deleted. This includes files that you deleted yourself and files others deleted.
You can use the Created by to filter your results. Choose to view files created by: Anyone, You, or Others.
Figma will keep files in the deleted files folder indefinitely. It's not possible to open a deleted file, but depending on your access to the original file, there are some actions you can take.
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.
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.
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.
Interact with teams, projects, and files
View and sort files
You can choose how you want to view files for each page in the file browser. In the top-right corner of the file browser, use the Grid and List icons to switch between views.
Grid view (default)
In grid view, the file thumbnail takes center stage, which makes it easier for you to quickly identify a file by its contents. This is the default view in the file browser.
You'll have access to more contextual information in grid view:
- Preview the file Learn how to set a custom file thumbnail →
- Name of the file
- Date and time you last viewed or edited the file.
- Avatars of any collaborators who are active in the file.
- Project the file is located in (Recents only).
List view is a pared back view, which lets you see some basic information about each file. This allows you to quickly find files based on their name and the date they were Last modified.
- Thumbnail preview of the file
- Name of the file
- Date the file was Last modified
- Date the file was Created
Choose how to order files in the file browser, this includes files in:
- Your drafts or recents
- Team projects
- Any search results
- Click next to the current sort.
- Select both the sort and the order results appear.
- File name
- Date created
- Last modified
- Last viewed (Recent files only)
- Date deleted (Deleted files only)
- Search relevance (when searching for files)
Note: If you are in List view, you can only sort files by Last modified.
Right-click on any file in the file browser to perform the following actions:
- Open: open the file or prototype in the current tab
- Open in new tab: open the file or prototype in a new tab
- Pin to project: pin the file to the top of the project (only available for team files)
- Share: open the share modal for the file Share files and prototypes →
- Duplicate: create a copy of the file (doesn't include comments or version history from the original) Duplicate files →
- Rename: change the name of the file (for all collaborators) Rename files and projects →
- Delete: remove the file from its current location and add it to the deleted files (for all collaborators) Delete and recover files →
Caution: Deleting a file will remove the file for all collaborators, not just yourself. To remove a file from your file browser for just yourself, we recommend you leave the file instead.
View internal profiles
Every member of a team or organization has an internal profile. Internal profiles let other members of your team or organization know what teams, files, and projects you're working on.
Name, profile picture, and description
A list of teams of which they're a member
The name(s) of any recent projects they have worked on.
A list of files they have contributed to recently, including edits and comments. Figma will show the file name, thumbnail, project, and date of last activity for each file.
View your own profile
View your internal profile from your Figma account.
- Click your profile picture in the file browser to open the account menu.
- Select Internal profile from the list.
Note: You'll be able to see all the files that you are working on here, including your drafts. Other collaborators can only see files they have access to.
View someone else's profile
Click on a collaborator's profile picture to view their profile:
- From the toolbar when a member is active in a file or prototype. Hover over their profile picture and click View profile.
- On the file card in the file browser when they're active in a file
- From the Contributors section on any project page
- From the Members preview in the team workspace
- From the Admin list when viewing teams in an organization
Figma will only show you resources you have access to. This won't include files in a person's drafts, or files in closed or secret teams in an Organization, unless you have access to those resources.
Tip! You can also view their internal profile via URL. They will need to share this with you, by copying it from the browser address bar.