Principle for Mac Shortcuts & Resources

Reference documentation of keyboard shortcuts and resources for Principle App to maximize your efficiency.


General Combination
Preferences Cmd + ,
Hide Principle Cmd + H
Hide Others Alt + Cmd + H
New Cmd + N
Open Cmd + O
Pick Color Control + C
Layers Combination
Add rectangle R (Alt + R to add as child)
Add Text T (Alt + T to add as child)
Add artboard A
Group Cmd + G
Ungroup Cmd + Shift + G
Bring to front Shift + Cmd + ]
Bring forward Cmd + ]
Send backward Cmd + [
Send to back Shift + Cmd + [
Toggle visibility Shift + Cmd + H
Editing Combination
Nudge Arrow Keys
Big Nudge Shift + Arrow Keys
Rotate Cmd + Drag handle
Rotate in 15 degree increments Cmd + Shift + Drag handle
Duplicate Cmd + D
Duplicate and Move Alt + Drag
Inspector Textfields Understand basic equations like "320/2+10"
Inspector Labels Dragging textfield labels quickly scrubs values
Rename Layer Cmd + R
Canvas Navigation Combination
Pan Space + Drag
Zoom in Z + Click
Zoom out Alt + Z + Click
Continuous Zoom Alt + Space + Drag
Zoom In Cmd + =
Zoom Out Cmd + -
Zoom All Cmd + 1
Zoom Selection Cmd + 2
Center Selection Cmd + 3
Actual Size Cmd + 0
Driver Navigation Combination
Pan Space + Drag
Zoom in Z + Click
Zoom out Alt + Z + Click
Continuous Zoom Alt + Space + Drag
Animate Navigation Combination
Pan Space + Drag
Selection Combination
Select Parent Esc
Select Child Enter
Select Next Sibling Tab
Select Previous Sibling Shift + Tab
Select All Siblings Cmd + A
Preview Combination
Change cursor type View -> Toggle Preview Cursor Type
Rewind Prototype W
Start recording video Control + V
Start recording video without cursor Control + Alt + V

Customize toolbar

To customize the Principle toolbar, go to view -> customize toolbar and drag your favorite items into the toolbar.



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