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Creating, opening & viewing documents

Last updated on 16 Aug 2023
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Creating a new document

Creating a new document

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To create a new document, you can either double-click on the New Document thumbnail in the Workspace window and choose File > New, or press N.

Opening Workspace documents in the Mac app

Opening documents in the Mac app

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In the Mac app You can find and open documents in your Workspace from the Workspace window. Double-click on any document to open it in the Mac app.

The Workspace window

The Workspace window will pop up every time you open the Mac app — you can also bring up the Workspace window to open a Workspace document by choosing File > Open from Workspace (or pressing O).

If you want to open a document you already saved locally to your Mac, click Open from Your Mac at the bottom left of the Workspace window.

You can set the default location to open documents via the Open & Save To preference in Settings (,).

You can choose to browse documents in your Workspace either in a list or a grid view. To switch between these two views, use the buttons next to the search bar.

You can select multiple documents at the same time using the key, making it easier for you to open, move and delete them in bulk.

If you’re part of a team or have created projects Folder closed, you’ll see these in the sidebar. Clicking on a Workspace or project name will show only the documents that belong to it.

In the Workspace window, you’ll find the project a document belongs to under its thumbnail. You can also see the different levels of access to that document with the following icons:

  • Globe: Anyone with the document’s link can access
  • People: Only certain Guests can access
  • Lock/Unlock rulers: Only you can access
A picture showing the different sharing badges in the workspace window.

You can also toggle between Workspaces using the switcher in the top-left side of the window, check our templates or create new projects from the Workspace window.

Opening, viewing and editing documents in the web app

You can open any document in the Mac app directly from your browser by clicking on the Edit in Sketch button of an open document’s Nav Bar. If you are viewing a specific Artboard, we’ll open it in the Mac app. Depending on your browser, you may have to confirm this action before your document opens in the Mac app.

Open and edit documents in the Mac app from the web app (July 2022).

You can also open documents in the Mac app from the All Documents view All documents in your Workspace. To do this, hover over any document’s thumbnail, click and choose Edit.

Sorting documents in the web app

If your Workspace has lots of documents, you may want to add some sorting and filtering options as you’re viewing or searching.

Filtering documents

While you’re viewing or searching for documents, click the Filter button next to the search bar and select one or more filtering options:

  • All documents
  • Documents with prototypes
  • Documents you can edit

You can check or uncheck Hide collections if you don’t want to see collections on the page. However, documents in collections will still appear.

To remove all filters, click on Reset next to the Filter dropdown.

Sorting documents

You can sort documents by Name, Date Created and Last Updated — and view any of them in ascending or decending order by clicking the up or down arrows respectively.

Viewing Workspace documents in the web app

Viewing documents in the web app

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There are a few different ways to view documents in the web app.

From the Mac app With a Workspace document open, click on the Collaborate button in the toolbar, or head to File > Workspace, and choose View in Browser. This will open the document in a new browser window.

How to opening a Workspace document in the browser from the Mac app (July 2022).

If someone has shared a document with you via your Workspace email address, choose the Workspace they shared it from using the drop-down menu in the top-left of the web app. You will see the shared document in the panel to the right.

If you’ve been sent a link to a Workspace document, clicking on that link will open it up in a new browser window. When you open a document in the web app, you’ll see it in the Canvas view where you can view its Pages, Symbols, Styles, Color Variables and prototypes. You can click any of these to view them in more detail.

Opening and viewing documents in the iOS app

You can open local Sketch documents via the Files app on your device, or from another app such as Google Drive or Dropbox. In the Files app, you can also press on a Sketch document’s thumbnail to use Quick Look to preview it.

Local documents won’t update in real-time and you won’t be able to use mirroring with them.

Opening documents via Handoff in the iOS app

You can use Apple’s Handoff feature to quickly open a document you’re editing on your Mac on your iPhone/iPad or vice versa.

To do this, you’ll need to be running Sketch on all of your devices and they’ll need to follow Apple’s requirements for Handoff (such as being signed into the same iCloud account).

Mirroring documents in the iOS app

If you’re working on a document in the Mac app, you’ll see it listed under From Your Mac in the Workspace view. Tap on the document’s thumbnail to open it, then tap on the Mirror (iPhone) (Mirror) icon to start mirroring.

When you switch between Artboards and make edits in the Mac app, those changes will reflect in real-time in the iOS app.

Mirroring requires an internet connection on both your Mac and iPhone, but they do not have to be physically tethered via USB or even share the same Wi-Fi network.

Real-time updates in the iOS app

When you’re viewing a Workspace document in the iOS app that someone else is editing in the Mac app, you’ll see any changes they make as updates in real-time. As the iOS app is for viewing documents and prototypes only, you won’t be able to edit or collaborate in real-time. To edit documents in real-time, open them in the Mac app.