I'm trying to resize a symbol in Sketch and the text is not resizing with the symbol. I have "adjust content on resize" enabled and it's still not working.

What I've tried

  1. I've also tried making the text into a symbol with "adjust content on resize" enabled and that's not helping either.
  2. I've also tried "cmd + k" to change the scale and it's not scaling down the text properly.

Additional Information

The text is setup as a global text style in my sketch file, not sure if that makes a difference

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    Did you try to group symbol and text?
    – spike_66
    Commented Aug 17, 2019 at 9:20

3 Answers 3


I was having the same issues and noticed that I had my text and other layers nested in groups, probably from detaching from old symbols and creating new ones. Once I removed all the nested groups, the text resized.


I made a symbol with a single text tried to scale it with "cmd + K" and it worked perfectly. please make sure that your text setting is like this.

sketch setting for scaling

I tried it on Sketch version 56.2


You actually might be interested in a brand new feature only available on the latest Sketch Beta (Sketch 58) as of today, September 1st.

Here's the link to that beta: https://www.sketch.com/beta/

As you can see :

Introducing Smart Layout With Smart Layout, we’re making Symbols more powerful and supercharging your workflow when it comes to using them in your designs. With it, you can set a direction for Symbols to resize when you change their overrides, while keeping the spacing between different layers in that Symbol consistent.

That allows you to create something like this : https://gfycat.com/fr/likablescalyjay (I'm sorry it's not embedded, but it seems imgur does not want to upload the gif version of it...)

High quality version : https://giant.gfycat.com/LikableScalyJay.webm

So, to create a symbol that will resize correctly with some text inside, you now have new options called Smart Layout either when creating the symbol or after thanks to its settings.

Sketch 58 Smart Layout

You can then override its text and... tadaa! It will resize automatically.

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I know it's not the best answer since Sketch 58 is still in Beta but you can download it and use it as a separate application.

  • That's actually the opposite of what the OP is asking for. The question is how to make the TEXT resize with the rest of the symbol; not the other way around.
    – Oscar
    Commented Mar 4, 2023 at 1:14

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