The Sketch shortcuts you didn’t know about

Alexis Morin
Feb 29, 2016 · 5 min read
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The Sketch Align & Distribute toolbar.

Here’s how to do it

Example 1

  • Open System Preferences → Keyboard
  • Click the Shortcuts tab.
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My shortcut for Arrange->Align->Horizontally
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My shortcut for align Arrange->Align->Vertically
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Boom. Boom. Centered.

Example 1.5 — Rounding out the align shortcuts

Now that we’ve already set up one custom shortcut, just repeat the steps above to create more shortcuts.

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Excuse the weird À and Ç. I use the Canadian French layout.

Example 2

I’m a stickler for having my Artboards, Groups and Layers clean and organized. As such, every few minutes when I’m working, I like to have all my artboards named and in order.

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It’s easy to end up with artboards and layers all over the place.
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My shortcut for Collapse Artboards and Groups
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The Claw, performed by yours truly

Good news!

If ever you’ve set a bunch of shortcuts and don’t think you can remember them all, MacOS is clever enough to take your custom shortcuts and map them back into Sketch.

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The Align Objects sub-menu after I’ve set custom shortcuts and relaunched Sketch. It shows the shortcut key combos that I’ve set.
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I’ve shown you mine. Show me yours!

The 2.5 examples I cover in this article are my personal choices. There are obviously as many combinations as there are features in Sketch. I am very curious to hear about other designers’ use of this feature:

  • Do you use custom shortcuts in Sketch?
  • What are your custom shortcuts and how do they improve your workflow?

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