I am designing a flow chart. It requires lots and lots of use of the arrow tool, but there is no hotkey for it. Therefore, every time I want to add an arrow, I have to navigate Insert>Shape>Arrow in the menu.

Surely, there is a better way. How can I use this tool quickly, over and over again? How can I use this tool without having to navigate the menu every time.

I tried creating a custom shortcut through apples system preferences, but it did not work. Perhaps there is a hotkey for re-do last command?

Menu nav for arrow tool

  • You could also select, copy and paste a existing arrow which will include all design changes.
    – user26098
    Jun 17, 2019 at 8:39
  • That's what I ended up doing. Not ideal, but fast enough.
    – Seph Reed
    Jun 17, 2019 at 19:31

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Sketch doesn't have any shortcut to do this but you can define a shortcut key.

  1. Open System Preferences

  2. Search Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard Shortcuts Search

  1. Click on App Shortcuts

App Shortcuts

  1. Hit Plus(+)

  2. Select Sketch from the applications list

  3. Type "Insert->Shape->Arrow" in Menu Title input.

  4. Click on Keyboard Shortcut input and hit your favorite shortcut keys

  5. Click on Add

App Shortcuts

  1. Restart your Sketch and done:)
  • I linked this technique in my original question. Did it work for you? It did not work for me.
    – Seph Reed
    Jun 17, 2019 at 19:30
  • Yes, It works for me. Maybe your shortcut key is reserved by another plugin. Try to change your shortcut key. It doesn't appear in your insert menu located in toolbar, but you can see it in "Insert->Shape->Arrow" path. Jun 17, 2019 at 20:34
  • I'd tried a bunch of them, but couldn't get it working. :/
    – Seph Reed
    Jun 18, 2019 at 1:50
  • Have you tried with another application?
    – Clafouti
    Jun 19, 2019 at 6:28

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