Sketch Keyboard Shortcuts
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Sketch Keyboard Shortcuts

I’ve been using sketch for a while and I wondered how I can make my process efficient. Keyboard shortcuts is the answer. Here I’ve covered every freaking sketch keyboard shortcuts that you’ll ever need. If you’ve not used Sketch before and wonder if it’s better than Adobe Xd or Figma then you’ll find everything in my Sketch Review: Is it worth it?

General Shortcuts

 C Copy
 X Cut
 V Paste
  V Paste over selection
 Space -drag Pan Canvas
  N New page
fn  Previous page
fn  Next page
 + Zoom in
 - Zoom out
 R Show/hide rulers
 P Show/hide pixels
 X Show/hide pixel grid
 G Show/hide grid
 L Show/hide layout
 E Show/hide slices
 F Show/hide prototyping
 F Filter in Layer List
  K Run custom plugin
 Z Undo
  Z Redo
 N New document*
  N New Cloud document*
 O Open document*
  O Open Cloud document*
 W Close window
 S Save document
  S Duplicate document
   S Save document as…
  P Page setup
 , Open Preferences window
 H Hide Sketch
 Q Quit Sketch
  ? Open the Help menu
 P Open Preview window

Inserting Layers

R Rectangle
O Oval
L Line
U Rounded rectangle
V Vector tool
P Pencil tool
T Text tool
A Artboard tool
S Slice tool
H Hotspot tool
-drag When inserting a layer, draw shape from center
-drag When inserting a layer, lock ratio of shape
 Space -drag Place newly drawn layer before confirming it

Selecting Layers

Click Select layer
Click-and-drag Select multiple layers
-drag Selects layer within drag bounds
Double-click layer Select grouped layer
-click layer Select any layer
-click layer Select an obscured layer
 A Select all
  A Select all Artboards
-click Add layer to selection/deselect layer in Canvas
 -click Add layer from group to selection in Canvas
-click Add layer to selection/deselect layer in Layer List
-click Select a range of layers in Layer List
fn  Select next Artboard
fn  Select previous Artboard
  J Reveal selection in Layer List

Moving & Resizing Layers

-hover Display distance between other layers
 D Duplicate
-drag Duplicate
-drag Move layer along X/Y axis
-drag Move layer ignoring smart guides
 -drag Move an obscured layer
Arrow keys Nudge layer any direction by 1 px*
-Arrow keys Nudge layer any direction by 10 px*
 K Scale layer
 and resize Resize layer from center
 and resize Preserve layer ratio
  or  Expand by 1 px
  or  Contract by 1 px
   or  Expand by 10 px
   or  Contract by 10 px
Ctrl -hover Show distance to baseline/cap height on text layers

Editing Layers

Enter Edit layer
Escape Finish editing
 Tab Focus X position input field in the Inspector
Delete layer
  C Copy style
  V Paste style
 S Sync shared style
  S Reset shared style
W Add link to Artboard
F Toggle fill
B Toggle border
 C Pick color
0 to 9 Edit layer opacity
  T Transform shape
  R Rotate layer
  M Use as mask
 Escape Return to instance
  U Union multiple layers
  S Subtract multiple layers
  I Intersect multiple layers
  X Difference multiple layers

Vector Editing

  O Open/close path
Tab Selects next point
Show all handle control points
1 Straight point type
2 Mirrored point type
3 Disconnected point type
4 Asymmetric point type
Double-click vector point Toggle point between Straight and Mirrored
-drag vector point Move point along X/Y axis
-drag handle control point Converts selected point to Disconnected
-click (when inserting points) Place new point at a 45º angle
-click path segment Place new point between existing points

Text Editing

   V Paste as rich text
 T Change typeface
 B Bold
 I Italic
 U Underline
  + Increase font size
  - Decrease font size
  L Increase character spacing
  T Decrease character spacing
  { Align left
  | Align center
  } Align right
   Space  Emoji & symbols
  O Convert to outlines
 Return Insert a line break

Arranging Layers

 G Group
  G Ungroup
 R Rename layer
Tab Select next layer in group
 Tab Select previous layer in group
Enter Selects layer inside group
Escape Selects parent group
Click-and-drag layer Adjust layer hierarchy
 ] Bring forward
  ] Bring to front
 [ Send backward
  [ Send to back
    Move up (out of group/Artboard)
  H Distribute horizontally
  V Distribute vertically
-click Align buttons Align layer to Artboard
  H Hide/show layer
  L Lock/unlock layer

Exporting Layers

  E Export
 E Export selected layer(s)
Drag a layer/thumbnail to Desktop Export asset
Drag a layer/thumbnail to Canvas Insert flattened duplicate
/ in layer name Includes folder in export

Zoom and Focus

 0 Zoom to 100%
 1 Zoom to all elements on Canvas
 2 Zoom to selected layer(s)
 3 Center selected layer(s) in the Canvas
Z-drag Zoom to area
Z-click Zoom in
 Z-click Zoom out
~ (§ on some keyboards) Temporarily zoom out to 100%
  F Toggle full screen
  1 Show/hide Layer List
  2 Show/hide Inspector
 . Enter presentation mode
  T Show/hide Toolbar

Text Fields

 Tab Focus Inspector
Tab Select next field
 Tab Select previous field
Enter Confirm change
Escape Clear change
Increase value by 1
Decrease value by 1
  Increase value by 10
  Decrease value by 10
  Increase value by 0.1
  Decrease value by 0.1
click and drag label Adjust value in increments of 10
click and drag label Adjust value in increments of 0.1
L Scale from the left (default)
R Scale from the right
T Scale from the top (default)
B Scale from the bottom
C / M Scale from the center / middle

Math Operations

+ Add
- Subtract
* Multiply
/ Divide
% Resize layer to a percentage of its parent group or Artboard


 on startup Launch Sketch with all plugins disabled
  D Detach from Symbol
   D Detach all contents from Symbol
  D Refresh Data
  R Run last-used plugin again
-drag selection handle Rotate layer
-drag when rotating Snap rotation to 15º increments
09 With a gradient stop selected, position it between 0% and 100%
= Position selected gradient stop directly between two existing stops

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