Sketch glossary with no keyboard shortcuts

Updated by Jill Bowers

Add line item

Add line items to the selected room by selecting the room and then double clicking a blank row in the Items bar at the bottom of the Sketch window. A small window appears where you can add information about the item(s) being added to the room.


In the Annotations tab, you can choose to add definining information as text, arrows, lines, and other types of shapes.

Bearing wall

If needed, you can mark a wall as a bearing wall (meaning it supports part of the weight on the structure) by selecting the Bearing Wall option from the View dropdown menu in the lower right of the screen.

Elevation view

Users can see the sides of the elevation so they can easily view or move doors and other elements as they complete their sketch. You can start the elevation view by using elevation view icon [icon] in the lower right side of the Sketch window.


Use the Export icon under Options to export a level of the sketch in one of multiple in one of multiple formats.

Flooring overlay

Flooring overlay, such as carpet, hardwood floors, tile, or other such materials used for a new layer of flooring, can be added to your sketch by selecting Flooring overlay from the View menu.

Font size

Users can modify the font size for labels and measurements by using the Font Size tool under the Options tab.


You can add footings, which are important for foundation construction, by selecting Footings from the View menu.


You can add fielding to your sketch by selecting Fielding from the View menu. Deck framing is also available.


You can add grids by selecting Grid from the View menu.


Use the Import icon under Options to import images or templates into the sketch.


View documented issues and solutions for certain items by selecting the Inspect icon under the Options tab.


You can see certain layers in Sketch from the View menu at the bottom of the Sketch screen. Layers are available for roofs, rooms, walls, exterior surfaces, areas, blocks, lines, points, and trees.

Load template

Open the Template List window by selecting the Load Temple icon to add an existing template to the sketch.


The Measurements icon help you specify general and roof rounding parameters.

Minimize the Ribbon or Expand the Ribbon

You can increase or decrease the size of the ribbon by selecting the Minimize the Ribbon or Expand the Ribbon icon, which look identical in either view.

Plan view

To see your Sketch in its default view, also known as the Plan view, select the Plan View icon toward the bottom-right corner of the Sketch window.

Preferences - Rooms and other areas

View and edit preferences by selecting the desired room or other are of the sketch and selecting the preferences icon.

Preferences - Sketch overall

To set preferences to apply for all of Sketch, select the Preferences icon under Options. This opens a window where you can set and save preferences for documents; door, window, and staircase defaults; and flooring properties.

Save template

Select the rooms and other pieces of the Sketch that you want to save, and then select the Save Template icon to create a template from the selections in Sketch.

Send Xactware Direct Supplier Request 

You can send a request for data via Direct Supplier. Ensure that all appropriate claim information is available in the sketch before requesting data.


A Sketch is similar to a blueprint of the area for which a claim in being made. Inside a Sketch, contractors, adjusters, and other personnel can make detailed images with annotations, line items, and other information that helps make claims accurate and the estimate or other project process efficient. 

Subgroup labeling

You can create subgroups for names, abbreviations, or both. These settings are available with the Subgroup Labeling icon under the Options tab.


You can import an image to use as the base of your sketch. Select the Options tab and the Import dropdown menu in the top ribbon.Select Import Underway Impage to browse for and open an image.

Walk-through mode

The walk-through mode is only available inside the 3D view of your Sketch. Inside the Sketch, you can use the keyboard arrows to navigate inside the walk-through.

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