Hotkey shortcuts

Speed up your sketching by assigning key combinations or buttons to marking menus or individual tools.

Hotkeys are key combinations and/or buttons assigned to marking menus or individual tools. Once you get to know them, you’ll notice an increase in your speed as you sketch.

Do you want to create your own customized hotkeys? Click here to learn how.

Hotkeys in Sketchbook Pro for desktop

There are hotkeys for marking menus and tools. If you don't like the defaults, change them. If you want to map a hotkey shortcut to a tool, you can do that, as well.

Marking menu Hotkeys

The lagoon marking menus have the hotkeys 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 assigned to them. Even if you have customized your lagoon, these won’t change. These hotkeys can be particularly useful when set up as express keys on your tablet or stylus buttons.

Hotkey shortcuts for marking menus in Sketchbook

Lagoon position Mouse Stylus
Interface Controls icon First press 1, then right-click Press-hold 1 and pen-down (left click)
Tools icon First press 2, then right-click Press-hold 2 and pen-down (left click)
Brushes icon First press 3, then right-click Press-hold 3 and pen-down (left click)
Colors icon First press 4, then right-click Press-hold 4 and pen-down (left click
Edit icon First press 5, then right-click Press-hold 5 and pen-down (left click)
File icon First press 6, then right-click Press-hold 6 and pen-down (left click)

Creating custom hotkeys

If the default hotkeys in Sketchbook Pro aren't how you prefer to work, many of them can be customized.

  1. Select Edit > Preferences and tap Hotkeys.

The Hotkey tab of the Preferences dialog in Sketchbook 8.2

  1. Scroll through the list to select the command you want to change.
  2. Tap the hotkey associated with the command to make it editable.
  3. Enter a new hotkey.

Hotkey changes

  1. What happens if a hotkey is assigned?

A message appears. You can either use the assigned hotkey for the current command or enter a new one. If you choose to use it, you will need to create a new hotkey for the other command.

  1. Tap Open.

Resetting hotkeys

You can reset some or all hotkeys to their default setting.

  • To reset the hotkey for a specific command, select the command, tap Reset, then OK.
  • To reset all hotkeys to their default settings, tap Reset All, then OK.

Hotkeys in Sketchbook for mobile devices


Sketchbook for iOS doesn't currently support hotkey shortcuts.

Hotkeys for Android

Action Shortcut
Prompt to quit app ESC
Show Color Picker ALT / I
Copy Ctrl + C
Cut Ctrl + X
Paste Ctrl + V
Ctrl + Z
Ctrl + Y
Ctrl + Shift + Z
Open Preference window Ctrl + ,
Switch to last brush S
Toggle fullscreen UI Tab / T
Quit app Ctrl + Q
Fit canvas to window Ctrl + 0
Clear selection Ctrl + D