Created: 17 August 2020
Updated: 17 August 2020 keyboard shortcuts

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Custom Shortcuts

You can create custom shortcuts for Sketch by opening System Preferences, heading to Keyboard › Shortcuts › App Shortcuts and clicking the add button. In the pop-up menu, select Sketch under the Application drop-down menu and set up your custom shortcut.

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
Ctrl R Show/hide rulers
Ctrl P Show/hide pixels
Ctrl X Show/hide pixel grid
Ctrl G Show/hide grid
Ctrl L Show/hide layout
Ctrl E Show/hide slices
Ctrl F Show/hide prototyping
F Filter in Layer List/Components Panel
F Filter in the Components Panel
Ctrl K Run custom plugin
Z Undo
Z Redo
N New document
O Open document
O Open Documents window
W Close window
S Save document
S Duplicate*
S Save As…*
P Page setup
, Open Preferences
H Hide Sketch
Q Quit Sketch
? Open the Help menu
P Open the Prototyping 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 Draw a new shape from center
drag Lock the ratio of shape as you draw it
 Space  drag Move a new layer before you place it
Selecting Layers
Click Select a layer
Click-and-drag Select multiple layers
drag Only select layers within your drag selection
Double-click Select a layer with a group
click Select a layer within a group
click Select an obscured layer
A Select all layers
A Select all Artboards
click Add layer to/remove layer from your selection
click Add layer from a group to your selection
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 and Resizing Layers
hover Display distance between other layers
D Duplicate
drag Duplicate
drag Move layer along X or Y axis
drag Move layer and ignore 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 the layer’s 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 Edit the X position in the Inspector
Delete layer
C Copy style
V Paste style
Ctrl S Sync shared style
Ctrl S Reset shared style
W Add link to Artboard
F Toggle fill
B Toggle border
Ctrl C Pick color
0 to 9 Edit layer opacity
T Transform shape
R Rotate layer
Ctrl M Use the layer as a 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 Select the 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 or Y axis
drag handle control point Convert your selected point to a Disconnected type
click (when inserting points) Place new point at a 45º angle
click path segment Place new point between existing points
click path segment Curve the path 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
Ctrl L Increase character spacing
Ctrl T Decrease character spacing
{ Align left
| Align center
} Align right
 Space  Emoji & symbols
O Convert to outlines
Return Insert a line break
Organizing 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)
Ctrl H Distribute horizontally
Ctrl 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
Y Create Symbol
Y Detach from Symbol
Y Detach all contents from Symbol
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
~ (or § on some keyboards) Temporarily zoom out to 100%
Ctrl 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
Resizing Shortcuts
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
How to Use Math Operators
+ Add
- Subtract
* Multiply
/ Divide
% Resize layer to a percentage of its parent group or Artboard
Export Fields Shorthand
X Scale multiplier. Eg, 2x will export at twice the size
H Export your layer at a specific height. Eg, 512h
W Export your layer at a specific width. Eg, 512w
on startup Launch Sketch with all plugins disabled
D Refresh Data
Ctrl R Run the last plugin you used again
drag selection handle Rotate layer
drag when rotating Snap rotation to 15º increments
0 to 9 With a gradient stop selected, position it between 0% and 100%
= Position selected gradient stop directly between two existing stops
Cloud Shortcuts
0 Zoom to 100%
1 Fit to Screen
+ Zoom in (US Keyboards)
= Zoom in (Non-US Keyboards)
- Zoom out
Ctrl click Show Layer Menu
or Navigate Artboards
/ Show Keyboard Shortcuts Sheet
Esc Hide Keyboard Shortcuts Sheet