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The best keyboard shortcuts to get started with Sketch

Our quick guide to the best Sketch shortcuts that designers use every day

Whether you’re new to Sketch or a seasoned pro, taking the time to learn the keyboard shortcuts for common actions will seriously speed up your workflow.

So to make things easier, we’ve put together a list of the best Sketch keyboard shortcuts that you’ll use every day. These shortcuts cover some of the most common actions and features you’re likely to use — if you can train your muscle memory to use them, you’ll give your workflow a serious boost.

You can check out our shortlist below, but we’ve also put together a handy PDF cheat-sheet for you.

Access drawing tools fast

A Artboard tool
R Rectangle tool
O Oval tool
T Text tool
U Rounded rectangle tool
H Hotspot tool

Easily navigate your document

Space drag Pan Canvas
Z click and drag Zoom to area
0 Zoom to 100%
1 Zoom to all elements on Canvas
2 Zoom to selection
fn or Select previous/next Artboard

Personalize your interface

1 Show/hide Sidebar
2 Show/hide Inspector
. Enter presentation mode
F Show/hide prototyping

Get organized

G Group
G Ungroup
Tab Select next layer in group
] Bring forward
[ Send backward
click Align buttons Align layer to Artboard
H Hide/show layer
L Lock/unlock layer
R Rename layer

Simpler moving and resizing

click Select a layer within a group
hover Display distance between other layers
drag Duplicate
resize Constrain proportions
Arrow keys Nudge layer 1px*
arrow keys Nudge layer by 10px*
arrow keys Expand or contract by 1px
arrow keys Expand or contract by 10px
K Scale layer

*You can change this distance in settings

Faster exporting

E Export
E Export selected layers
Drag layer/thumbnail to Finder Export asset
Drag layer/thumbnail to Canvas Import flattened duplicate
/ in layer name Include folder in Export

Supercharge your Symbols

Y Create Symbol
Y Detach from Symbol
Y Detach all contents from Symbol

Take control of Cloud

0 Zoom to 100%
1 Fit to screen
+ (US keyboards) Zoom in
= (non-US keyboards) Zoom in
- Zoom out
click Show Layer Menu in the Inspector

When it comes to Sketch shortcuts, these are just the start. Take a look at the full list of shortcuts in our documentation. And if we’ve missed one of your most commonly-used shortcuts off this list, let us know on Twitter.