In Sketch I can select multiple layers and then hold down ⌥ + ⌘ (Option + Command on Mac) to move only those selected layers.

This is extremely useful when layers are nested or I have just duplicated a layer and want to move it to a new location.

UPDATE: GIFs to show what I am trying to accomplish:

Desired behavior demoed in Sketch -

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Trying to accomplish in XD -

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Does XD have an equivalent feature?

Thank you.

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It's Ctrl+click on Windows, and I assume Cmd+click on Mac to select mulitple layers. In XD, there's no need to hold down any keys when you move the objects.

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If you are simply trying to move layers to a different position in the layers panel, Holding down Ctrl/Cmd as you click and drag a selection of multiple layers also seems to work.

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  • Apologies if my question was unclear. I added a few GIFs showing desired functionality in XD. I am assuming Xd does not have this capability.
    – TylerYoc
    May 14, 2019 at 14:33
  • @TylerYoc You could temporarily hide the layer that's above the one you want to move.
    – Billy Kerr
    May 14, 2019 at 17:37
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    That would work in some situations. I think my best bet is to add this to the user forums. Thank you for your response.
    – TylerYoc
    May 15, 2019 at 15:08

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