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Is it possible to combine a text field with a shape in Sketch whereby the shape will auto expand to accommodate the text length?

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Sketch doesn't have this functionality built-in by default, but there are two very similar plug-ins that offer it:

I've been using Dynamic button for quite a while, but recently switched to Compo, as it offers greater control in setting margins (e.g. it's possible to keep an element fixed to a certain side of a component).

  • FWIW I just tried both of those plugins on symbols in Sketch 50.2 with no luck. They might work on non-symbols, but that defeats the purpose for me as I want to be able to do things like update the design of a variable height list item from one place. – Weston Jun 19 '18 at 17:53
  • @Weston Yes, they only work on non-symbols. I don't know of a way to use symbols for this. – Tin Man Jun 19 '18 at 19:53
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A plugin that's definitely working for symbols in Sketch 50.2 is Paddy. By creating a specially named layer, the plugin will auto-resize it every time the "contents" are resized.

A newer version is being developed that is much more powerful, too

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Aside from plugins, the only workaround would be to duplicate the text layer, convert one of them to outlines and hide the other.

This way you still have a backup to change text if you really need to. The outlines will scale, but the hidden text won't.

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