Navigating Loomio

How to find what you're looking for in Loomio.

There are 4 top level navigation tools within Loomio.

  • Sidebar
  • Notifications
  • Search
  • User menu

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In the navigation bar at the top of the page, the Bell icon will show all activities in threads you’ve started or participated in and all @mentions. Just click on one of them to see details or participate.

When someone wants to get your attention, they’ll send you a notification. This could be via an @mention or an invitation to participate in a thread or poll.

If you have unread notifications we’ll display the number that are unread over the top of the bell-shaped notifications menu button.

If you just want to do the minimum as a Loomio user, just watch and follow up on your notifications.

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The search field appears when you click on the magnifying glass in the top navigation bar. It will display threads containing your keyword(s), in context, comments or decisions.

You can find a thread by entering key words from its title or context into the search field.

User menu

The user menu is where you can access your user profile page, change your email preferences, find a link to this help manual, and sign out.

  • You can view and update your user profile via Edit profile. Read the User profile page for more information.

  • You can change your email preferences via Email settings. Read the Email settings page to find out how to set things up to your liking.

  • You’ll also find a link to all our help resources, including this user manual.

  • You can log out of Loomio, which is recommended if you’re not using a personal device to access it.

The sidebar is where you find your discussions and your groups. It is displayed by default on large screens, and collapsed by default on small screens (such as smartphones), but can be toggled via the 3 horizontal bars icon in the top left of the screen.

Recent Threads

The Recent Threads page gives you an overview of the most recent activity happening in your groups. You can access this page via the Recent option in the sidebar. If you are a member of multiple groups the Recent Threads page will be your landing page when you sign into Loomio.

The Recent Threads page displays content from your groups in a prioritised list. Open proposals are at the top, followed by all of the threads from your groups, sorted by most recent activity; Today, Yesterday, This month, Older than a month.

If a thread or proposal title is bold then new activity has taken place since you last visited. Numbers in parentheses reflect how many new comments or votes have been posted since you last visited a particular thread. Decisions will show a graphic representation (a pie graph for proposals, bar charts for other poll types), with your position on the proposal superimposed on the graph. If you haven’t yet stated a position, there will be a question mark.

Unread Threads

The Unread Threads page shows all threads and proposals that have new content since you last visited, sorted by group. You can access this page via the Unread option in the sidebar. You can clear unread items without reading them by hovering over the thread preview and clicking Dismiss.


The Muted page displays all threads you have previously muted. It can be accessed via the Muted option in the sidebar. Muted threads do not appear on your Recent or Unread pages. You can mute a thread by hovering over the thread preview on the group page, Recent Threads page, or Unread Threads page, and using the Mute button.

Viewing your groups

All the groups you belong to are listed in the sidebar, on the left hand side. If you are only a member of one Loomio group, the home page for this group will be your landing page when you sign into Loomio. If you have multiple groups you can easily navigate between them from using the sidebar.

If you belong to a Gold or Pro group, then you will also see all related sub-groups that you are a part of, listed in lighter grey text, under the main group.

Exploring public groups

You can explore, and request membership to, public Loomio groups by visiting the Explore page. The Explore page is accessed via the Explore public groups option in the sidebar.