SKETCH QUICK REFERENCE

Tools

Options

Aerial Sketch

Annotation

Sketch Viewing Tools

Miscellaneous Sketch Tools

 

Tools

The following ribbon buttons and keyboard shortcuts can be accessed from the Tools tab in Sketch, allowing you to place and modify objects in the Sketch Workspace.

Ribbon Button

Keyboard Shortcut

Name

Description

R

Room

Click to add a room to your sketch.

F

Roof

Click to add a roof to your sketch. You can change roof types by pressing Spacebar with the roof tool in the cursor. Pressing E adds a dormer to the Sketch Workspace.

 

E

Dormer

Press E to add a dormer to your sketch.

Shift + D

Deck

Click to add a deck to your sketch.

D

Doorway

Click to add a doorway to your sketch.

M

Missing Wall

Click the Missing Wall button and click a wall to make it a Missing Wall.

Shift + W

Wall

Click to add partial walls to an existing room, to create a room by connecting individual walls, or to divide a room.

C

Staircase

Click to add a staircase to your sketch.

Ctrl + F

Fence

Click to add a fence to your sketch.

W

Window

Click to add a window to your sketch.

S

Snap Line

Click to create a snap line anywhere within your Sketch Workspace.

Ctrl + Enter

Properties

Select a room or object in your sketch. Click Properties to open the Properties window for the room or object that you selected.

B

Break

Click Break. Then click a wall in your sketch. Click and drag the wall to create an offset.

[

Flip Horizontal

Click to flip a selected object from side to side.

]

Flip Vertical

Click to flip a selected object from top to bottom.

Q

Rotate

Click to rotate the selected object by 90 degrees (default).

N

Orientation

Click to change the orientation of an object after placing it in your sketch.

V

Vertex

Click the Vertex button, and then a wall in your sketch. Drag the vertex point to create a hinge in the wall.

G

Scale

Click to adjust the scale of a roof in the Sketch Workspace. The Scale button is only available if there is a roof in the current Sketch Level.

\

Flooring Orientation

Click the Flooring Orientation button to select the direction to lay the floor covering after it has been placed on the Sketch Workspace.

O

Reference Block

Click to place a reference block in your sketch.

L

Reference Line

Click to place a reference line in your sketch.

A

Reference Area

Click to place a reference area in your sketch.

P

Reference Point

Click to place a reference point in your sketch.

U

Copy from Underlay

Click copy a room or object from one Sketch Level to another Sketch Level. The Copy from Underlay button is available when there is a room or object on a Sketch Level directly beneath the current Sketch Level.

 

Ctrl + Shift + C

Combine Rooms

Select multiple rooms in the Sketch Workspace, and then press Ctrl+Shift+C to combine the rooms.

 

Ctrl + Shift + S

Separate Rooms

Select combined rooms in the Sketch Workspace and press Ctrl+Shift+S to separate them.

 

Shift + P

Snap to Grid

Press Shift+P to enable/disable the snap to grid tool.

 

Options

The following buttons and keyboard shortcuts can be accessed from the Options tab in Sketch, allowing you to adjust options and other preferences in the Sketch Workspace.

Ribbon Button

Keyboard Shortcut

Name

Description

 

Preferences

Click to open the Sketch Preferences window for the current estimate.

 

Inspect

Click to open the Sketch Inspections window.

Shift + Q

Show Flooring Cuts

Click to open the Flooring Cuts window.

J

Toggle Calculations

Click toggle the calculations. Note: If you are sketching a large house with plenty of carpet it will be faster to first draw the house, turn off the auto calculations and then place the carpet.

 

Load Template

Click to display the Sketch Templates that have been created and saved.

 

Save Template

Click to save your sketch as a template to use with future estimates.

 

Import

Click to select from a list of importing options.

 

Export

Click to select from a list of exporting options.

Ctrl + M

Macros

Click to open the Macros window.

 

Measurements

Click to select from a list of measurement rounding options for general measurement rounding, or roof measurement rounding.

 

Font Size

Click to select from a list of font size options for labels and measurements.

 

Subgroup Labeling

Click to select subgroup labeling options

 

Visible Windows

Click to select which windows are visible in Sketch.

Shift + V

Save View

Click to save the current view of the Sketch Workspace.

 

Load View

Click to see a list of previously used views.

 

Aerial Sketch

The following buttons and keyboard shortcuts can be accessed from the Aerial Sketch tab in Sketch, allowing you to define edges, ridges, valleys, and faces of a roof, using aerial images as a guide.

Ribbon Button

Keyboard Shortcut

Name

Description

O

Crop Image

Click to remove areas of the photo that are not needed. The roof will also be auto rotated. Crop Image is only available when an image is set as an underlay.

I

Find Interior Lines

Click to view the proposed line in the Sketch Workspace when you hover over an interior line where two non-edge lines meet. Click the mouse button to add the interior line.

M

Find Perimeter Lines

Click to view proposed edge lines for the perimeter of the roof in the cropped image. Click the mouse button to add the perimeter lines.

 

Draw Lines

Click to begin manually drawing the roof lines.

 

A

Auto

Auto is the default selection for Draw Lines. This automatically determines the type of roof line when manually drawing him lines.

 

E

Edge

Use Draw Edge to draw the perimeter edges of a roof. Edges are designated with green lines.

 

R

Flat Ridge

Use Draw Flat Ridge to draw the flat ridges of the roof. Flat ridges are designated with blue lines.

 

Y

Valley

Use Draw Valley to draw the valleys of the roof. Valleys are designated with red lines.

 

P

Hip Ridge

Use Hip Ridge to draw the hip ridges of the roof. Hip ridges are designated with purple lines.

C

Create Faces

Use Create Faces to identify enclosed areas as faces.

 

Set Slope

Click to enter Slope mode.

F

Create Sketch Roofs

Click to create the roof after the faces have been identified.

 

Reset

Click in slope mode to revert all changes made in slope mode.

 

Exit Slope Mode

Click to leave Slope mode and return to the Aerial Sketch tab.

B

Break

Click Break. Then click the desired roof line in the Aerial Sketch. Click and drag the roof line to create an offset.

Q

Rotate

Click to rotate the image to align with the horizontal or vertical axis.

V

Vertex

Click Vertex. Then click the desired roof line to add a vertex point. Click and drag the vertex point to create a hinge in the roof line.

N

Orientation

Click set the direction of the slope of the roof faces.

 

Download Aerial Images

Click to open the Xactimate-Aerial Sketch window. After registering or logging in, you can download Aerial images.

 

Import Images

Click to import existing images to Aerial Sketch.

 

Annotation

The following buttons and keyboard shortcuts can be accessed from the Annotation tab in Sketch, allowing you to add an annotation layer to your sketch. The annotation layer can be enabled/disabled by click View and Selecting Annotations.

Ribbon Button

Keyboard Shortcut

Name

Description

T

Text

Click to add text to your sketch.

/

Arrow

Click to draw an arrow on your sketch.

0

Ellipse

Click to draw an ellipse on your sketch.

|

Line

Click to draw a line on your sketch.

Shift + R

Rectangle

Click to draw a rectangle on your sketch.

Shift + I

Fill

Click to fill an ellipse or rectangle with a color.

 

Fill Color

Click to select a color for the fill.

 

Line Width

Click to select the line width to use for drawing annotations.

 

Line Color

Click to select the color for drawing annotations.

 

Sketch Viewing Tools

The following buttons and keyboard shortcuts change the appearance of your sketch, but they don't affect the estimate itself.

Ribbon Button

Keyboard Shortcut

Name

Description

 

View

Click to see a list of view settings for the Sketch Workspace. The following settings can be turned off or on.

 

Shift + L

Labels

Enable/disable label visibility.

 

 

Measurement locks

Enable/disable roof measurement lock visibility.

 

Shift + M

Measurements

Enable/disable measurement visibility.

 

 

Roof Annotations

Enable/disable roof annotation visibility.

 

 

Layers

Enable/disable visibility for various layers in the Sketch Workspace.

 

Ctrl + Alt + B

Bearing Wall

Enable/disable load bearing wall visibility.

 

Ctrl + Shift + O

Flooring Overlay

Enable/disable flooring overlay visibility.

 

 

Footings

Enable/disable footing visibility.

 

Ctrl + Shift + F

Framing

Enable/disable framing visibility.

 

 

Annotations

Enable/disable annotation visibility.

 

Shift + G

Grid

Enable/disable grid visibility.

 

Shift + U

Imported Underlay

Enable/disable imported underlay.

 

Shift + O

Outline

Enable/disable outline visibility.

 

 

Rooms Below Stairs

Enable/disable visibility for the rooms below the stairs.

 

 

Tip Box

Enable/disable the tip box.

 

Shift + C

Ceiling Surface

Enable/disable visibility for ceiling surfaces in 3D viewing mode.

 

 

Legend

Enable/disable the legend on the Sketch Workspace.

 

 

3D Grid

Enable/disable grid visibility in 3-D viewing mode.

Space (or) H

Pan Tool

Click to move a drawing or object.

 

Z

Zoom

Click to activate a zoom cursor. Click the Sketch Workspace to zoom in, or Shift + click the Sketch Workspace to zoom out.

-

Zoom Out

Click to zoom out.

+

Zoom In

Click to zoom in.

Ctrl (+) -

Zoom to Extants

Click view your entire sketch.

Ctrl (+) +

Zoom to Selection

Click to show the entire selected portion of your sketch.

1

Plan View

Click to see the floor plan view. This is the default Sketch view.

2

Elevation View

Click to view the elevation of a desired vertical surface.

3

3-D View

Click to see a 3-D rendering of your sketch.

Spacebar

Study Mode

Click Study Mode. Then click and drag the Sketch to view all angles of your Sketch drawing. This is only available in 3-D View.

K

Walk-through Mode

Click to see a 3-D view of your sketch as if you were walking through it. Use the arrow keys to move around.  This is only available in 3-D View.

Shift + [1-9]

Select View

Click to see a list of 3-D views. This is only available in 3-D view

Shift + F

View Other Side

Click to see the other side of a wall that has been selected in Elevation View.

 

Shift + H

High Detail View

Press Shift+H to change the 3-D view to high detail.

 

Shift + E

Super Detail View

Press Shift+E to change the 3-D view to super detail.

 

Shift + N

Normal View

Press Shift+N to change the 3-D view to normal detail.

 

Ctrl + Shift + L

Load View List

Press Ctrl+Shift+L to open the View List window.

 

Shift + V

Save Current View

Press Shift+V to save the current view.

Shift + Q

Flooring Cuts

Press Shift+Q to open the Flooring Cuts window.

 

Ctrl + Page Up

View Level Above

Press Ctrl+PageUp to view the level above in the sketch workspace.

 

Ctrl + Page Down

View Level Below

Press Ctrl+PageDown to view the level below in the sketch workspace.

 

Miscellaneous Sketch Tools

Ribbon Button

Keyboard Shortcut

Name

Description

Esc

Select

Click to clear your cursor.

Ctrl + Z

Undo

Click to undo your last change.

Ctrl + C

Copy

Click to copy selected items or objects to the clipboard.

Ctrl + X

Cut

Click to remove selected items from your sketch and place them on the clipboard.

Ctrl + V

Paste

Click to paste items or objects on the clipboard to your sketch.

 

Minimize/Expand the Ribbon

Click to make the buttons on the ribbon smaller / larger.

 

Ctrl

Ctrl

Holding Ctrl keeps an object active in your cursor.

 

Shift

Shift

Holding Shift constrains an active cursor object. This is similar to the Ctrl button.

 

Spacebar

Move Object or Move Object Name

Press Spacebar while the pointer is over an object move handle, to switch between moving an object and moving its label.

 

Tab

Rotate

Press Tab to rotate an object 90 degrees clockwise.

 

Shift + Tab

Rotate

Press Shift+Tab to rotate an object 90 degrees counter-clockwise.

 

Shift + Spacebar

Toggle Views

Press Shift+Space to switch between 3-D and Plan views.

 

F1

Xactimate Help

Press F1 to open Xactimate Help.

 

F2

Rename

Press F2 to rename a selected object.

 

Ctrl + T

View Summary Totals Report

Press Ctrl+T to view the Summary Totals Report.

 

Ctrl + Shift + R

Reset Window layout

Press Ctrl+Shift+R to reset the window layout.

 

Ctrl + Shift + 1

Search

Press Ctrl+Shift+1 to view the Search pane.

 

Ctrl + Shift + 2

Items

Press Ctrl+Shift+2 to view the Items pane.

 

Ctrl + Shift + 4

Images

Press Ctrl+Shift+4 to view the Images pane.

 

Insert

Add Line Item

Press Insert to open the Add Line Item window.

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