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The Components View

Last updated on 14 Dec 2023
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The Components View Components View Tab is a quick and easy way to create, manage, search, and find local Symbols, Text Styles, Layer Styles, and Color Variables in your document.

Accessing the Components View

To access the Components View Components View Tab click on the Components tab on the left side of the toolbar (you can also use 1 and 2 to toggle between the Canvas View and Components View, respectively).

The buttons in the centre of the toolbar filter the view between the four types of Components: Symbols, Text Styles, Layer Styles, and Color Variables.

Working in the Components View

An annotated image showing the different parts of the Components View.

The Components View in the Mac app

  1. Switching Views. Switch between the Canvas and Components View by toggling between the two tabs on the left of the toolbar. Or use 1 and 2.
  2. Duplicate Duplicate Symbol or Create new Insert (depending on what filter is selected). To create a new Text Style, Layer Style, Color Variable or Artboard Template, click on the Create toolbar item. You can also duplicate Symbols using the duplicate icon Duplicate Symbol in the Toolbar.
  3. Filtering Components. By default, we’ll show you all the Symbols in your document, but you can use the toolbar controls to switch between Symbols, Layer Styles, Text Styles, Color Variables and Artboard Templates.
  4. Search Magnifying glass. Filter between Component types using the tabs, then search for the name of the Component.
  5. Contextual Menu. Control-click on the Component thumbnails to insert, rename, group, duplicate, delete, or copy their CSS attributes. Use insert to add a copy of your selected Component to your Canvas. When you insert a Component, the Mac app switch to the Canvas view, so you can drop your Component into your design.
  6. Editing in the Inspector. You can edit, rename or delete any Symbol, Layer Style, Text Style, Color Variable or Artboard Template using the Inspector. Simply select a component and make your changes.

This view is all about organizing, so it only shows Components that are local to the document you have open. It doesn’t show Components from Libraries, even if you’ve used them in your document. You’ll need to open the original Library Sketch file to manage that Library’s Components.

How to Create a new Component using the Components View

You can quickly create new Text and Layer Styles, Color Variables, and Artboard Templates from the Components View. Although the process to create different types of Components is fairly similar, check each Components guide to creating a new one:

While you can’t create a Symbol Symbol instance in the Components View Components View Tab, you can duplicate it. Click on Edit Symbol Source in the Inspector to edit on the the Symbols page.

Organizing Components

The Components View makes it easy to organize and manage your Components.

You can select multiple Components and group them using G or Control-click on your selection and choose Group Group. You can also drag and drop Components into existing groups in the left sidebar. To rename a group, double-click on the group name in the left sidebar. To rename a single Component, click on it, and rename it using the name field in Inspector.

Expanding and collapsing groups

You can quickly collapse all open groups by choosing View > Sidebar > Collapse All Groups. For more granular control, you can hold when you click on a disclosure arrow chevron right next to a group’s name to open and collapse chevron down all contents within that group (including sub-groups).

By default, all groups are expanded, but you can change this setting by choosing View > Sidebar and toggling the Automatically Expand Groups item. Note: These options only apply to items in the Layer List.