My Sketch Shortcuts

There’s no denying that Sketch is a great tool — but it can be made even greater once you master some keyboard shortcuts.

I don’t want to make Sketch overly complicated, and I don’t like having to learn a bunch of shortcuts. This post is a continuation of the great — which I referred to often in the first few weeks. These are custom ones I’ve added over the past 6 months of using Sketch.

My Custom Shortcuts

⌘ ; Show/Hide Rulers

⌘ ’ Show/Hide Artboard Grid

⌘ \ Show/Hide Slices

⌘ / Collapse Artboards & Groups (my most used by far)

⌥ ⌘ / Toggle Click Through

Ctrl X Show/Hide Pixels

⌘ P Round to Pixel — works even if proportions are locked

⌘ [ Align Vertical Center

⌘ ] Align Horizontal Center

At the bottom of this article there’s a plist you can download in order to quickly load all these.

Create custom Sketch shortcuts

You know how you like to work better than I do — so here’s how you create your own.

Open System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts > App Shortcuts

Click [+] beneath the split view & you'll see this

In the Menu Title field, write the exact name of the menu item you want this Keyboard shortcut to trigger. I’ll re-create my (⌘P) Round to Nearest Pixel Edge shortcut, so I type “Round to Nearest Pixel Edge”.

Then in the Keyboard Shortcut field, I hold down ⌘P (the actual keys) to populate the field.

Click Add and it’s done! You can do this for any app.

You can create duplicates: for example, I use ⌘ \ to show/hide slices, even though only one menu option is available at a time. In the shortcut editor, I just add “Show Slices” and “Hide Slices” as separate shortcuts with the same keybinding.

As for things nested within another menu level — type the name including the nested names, separated by [ -> ] For example “Arrange->Align Objects->Horizontally” (in 10.8+, for <10.7 use > only).

Hope this makes you more productive!

If you’re a property list modifying whiz, you can use my plist as a template to quickly import these shotcuts. You can find them in ~/Library/Preferences. Make sure you back up the original before screwing around with this!

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  • April 2016 - Updated "Round to Pixel" to match Sketch's new naming of the menu item


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