The General preferences contain settings that affect the behaviour of various aspects of Sketch.


If you’re using macOS Mojave 10.14 or later, this allows you to toggle between Dark Mode and Light Mode, independent of your system settings.


Allows you to toggle between a dark canvas or light canvas, independent of your Appearance settings.

New documents

Choose whether to save new documents to Sketch Cloud or locally. This will affect saving options in the File menu and related keyboard shortcuts.

Auto Save

If selected, the macOS feature Auto Save will automatically save local Sketch documents regularly so they can be accessed, and reverted via Versions.

macOS Auto Save only works with local Sketch documents and not Cloud documents. Cloud documents automatically and regularly save locally and the latest version uploads to Sketch Cloud when you manually save.


Opt-in to help improve Sketch by sending diagnostics and usage data. All data is collected anonymously and cannot be used to identify you. Learn more about this by reading our privacy statement.

Last modified on Jul 12, 2019

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