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 very useful when setup 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)


Check out these tables to see what hotkeys and shortcuts are available in Sketchbook Pro for the desktop.

If you're using a pen input drawing tablet, make sure to set the buttons to your favorite tools so they're always handy!

You can also check out the Preferences window for a list of shortcuts or a way to remap a tool shortcut.

Mode Action Windows Mac
Animation Previous frame “,” (or “<“) “,” (or “<“)
Brush Adjust size B B
Crop Press Shift, drag corner to get constrain scale Shift Shift
Distort In Distort mode, press shift to drag edge, only can move the edge alone the extension Shift Shift
Fill Commit the result Enter Enter
Layers Add layer Ctrl+L Command+L
Menu New Ctrl+N Command+N
Perspective Invoke Perspective tool P P
Selection Invoke Lasso selection L L
Shape Press Shift key to get horizontal/ vertical line, square, circle Shift Shift
Symmetry Invoke Symmetry X X X
Transform Layer
UI Hide UI T or Tab T or Tab
Zoom/Rotate/ Move Canvas
Spacekey Spacekey

Open Ctrl+O Command+O

Save Ctrl+S Command+S

Save As Ctrl+Shift+S Command+Shift+S

Print Ctrl+P Command+P

Exit Ctrl+Q Command+Q

Undo Ctrl+Z Command+Z

Redo Ctrl+Y Command+ Shift+Z

Cut Ctrl+X Command+X

Copy Ctrl+C Command+C

Copy Merged Ctrl+Shift+C Command+Shift+C

Paste Ctrl+V Command+V

Select All Ctrl+A Command+A

Deselect Ctrl+D Command+D

Invert Selection Ctrl+Shift+I Command+Shift+I

Action Windows Mac
Adjust Opacity O O
Adjust Slant / /
Increase brush size ] ]
Decrease brush size [ [
Color picker Alt or I Alt or I
Swap between two brushes S S
Add Group Ctrl +G Command+G
Merge with below Ctrl+E Command+E
Clear Layer Backspace or Delete Delete
Fit to View Ctrl+0 (zero) Command+0
Actual size Ctrl+Alt+0(zero) Command+Alt+0
Rotate canvas left 9 (nine) 9 (nine)
Rotate canvas right 0 (zero) 0 (zero)
Previous image/Next image Page Up/Page Down N/A
Hide Lagoon Ctrl+J Command+J
Toggle Title bar on/off Ctrl+Alt+J Command+Alt+J

Action Windows Mac
Preference Ctrl+, Command+,
Sketchbook Pro Help F1 N/A
Next frame “.” (or “>”) “.” (or “>”)
Previous keyframe Shift + “,” (or “<“) Shift + “,” (or “<“)
Next keyframe Shift + “.” (or “>”) Shift + “.” (or “>”)
Add keyframe (on next frame) Alt + “.” Alt + “.”
Play/Stop Enter Enter
Invoke Rectangle Selection M M
Press ‘Shift’ before add selection, add mode

Press ‘Shift’ during adding selection, get circle or square Shift Shift
Press ‘Alt’ before selection, remove mode Alt Alt
Press ‘Shift’ after move selection, move horizontally or vertically Shift Shift
Arrow key to move pixel Arrow Key Arrow Key
Esc key to exit Selection tool

Click outside of selection to cancel the current selection


Delete key to delete last point Double-click to confirm

Click the start point to confirm Enter key to confirm

Invoke Crop tool C C
In Transform mode, press Shift to drag corner and constrain scale Shift Shift
Exit the fill tool Esc Esc
Snap or not D D
Invoke Symmetry Y Y Y
Ruler R R
Ellipse E E
French Curve F F

Creating custom hotkeys

Are there hotkeys you're used to using that aren't the same as the default hotkeys in Sketchbook? Well, now you can create custom hotkeys to solve this.

  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