Sketch quick reference for Xactimate desktop
You can access the following tools through the Tools ribbon in the Sketch view.
Add a room to the sketch
Add a roof to the sketch
Change roof types by pressing the spacebar while the roof tool is active. Press E to add a dormer to the workspace.
Add a dormer to the sketch
Shift + D
Add a deck to the sketch
Add a doorway to the sketch
Add a missing wall to the sketch
With the missing wall tool active, select the portion of the existing wall that should be missing.
Shift + W
Add a wall to the sketch
Add individual walls to an existing room or create a room from the individual walls.
Add a staircase to the sketch
Ctrl + F
Add a fence to the sketch
Add a window to the sketch
Add a snap line anywhere within the workspace
Ctrl + Enter
Open the Properties window for a selected room or object
Select a room or object in your sketch before opening the Properties window.
Use Break to create a wall or roof offset
With Break active, click along the wall to add the break. Select and drag the appropriate side of the wall to create an offset. You can also click and drag along the line to create an offset in the middle of the wall.
Flip a selected object left to right
Flip a selected object top to bottom
Rotate a selected object by 90 degrees (default)
If you change the angle of the rotation in the Tools menu, it changes the rotation for the shortcut as well.
Change the orientation of an object in the sketch
Add a vertex point to a wall in the sketch
With the Vertex tool active, select a point on a wall in the sketch to create a new vertex (or corner). Drag the vertex point (or the adjacent points) to modify the angle of the walls and corner.
Adjust the scale of a roof in the sketch
Scale is only available if there is a roof in the active level.
Change the orientation of a floor covering in the workspace
Use Flooring Orientation to set the directionality of the flooring after the flooring line item is placed.
Place a reference block in the sketch
Place a reference line in the sketch
Place a reference area in the sketch
Place a reference point in the sketch.
Copy from Underlay
Copy a room or object from one Sketch level to another
This is only available when there is a room or object on the level directly beneath the current one.
Ctrl + Shift + C
Combine selected rooms
With multiple rooms selected, press Ctrl + Shift + C.
Ctrl + Shift + S
Separate selected combined rooms
With combined rooms selected, press Ctrl + Shift + S.
Snap to Grid
Shift + P
Snap items to the grid.
Press Shift + P to enable or disable Snap to Grid.
The following buttons and keyboard shortcuts allow you to adjust options and other preferences in the Sketch workspace.
View and edit preferences for the selected item
View documented issues and solutions for the selected item
Flooring Cuts Window
Shift + Q
Open the Flooring Cuts window
This option only becomes available once a flooring line item is added to a room.
Toggle calculations on and off
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. Be aware that you should turn it back on while scoping so your totals are calculated correctly.
Open the Template List window to add an existing template to the sketch
Open the Save Template window to create a template from the selected rooms
Make sure you have the appropriate room(s) selected when you select the tool, and it will create a template out of the selection.
Import images or templates into the sketch
Export a level of the sketch in one of multiple formats
Ctrl + M
Open the Macros window
You can create your own macros or use those created by others. Run the macro from the Macros window.
Specify rounding parameters for measurements
You can choose between general measurements and roofing measurements.
Modify the font size for labels and measurements.
Select subgroup labeling options
Shift + Enter
Toggle the full-screen view
The full-screen view does not take up the entire screen; it removes the Search and Items sections from the view and expands the workspace to fill the space.
Shift + V
Save the current view of the workspace
Ctrl + Shift + L
Open a list of previously saved views