How to batch select and move multiple artboards in Sketch


I have a problem moving the selected artboards: only the first one in the batch moves while the selection had shown all N artboards selected (first and last artboards having the white small squares around them after I click and drag the left key on my mouse).

I need this feature when I realize that I left out something I meant to go in the middle AFTER having drawn the end screens and now there is no room for them. To preserve the logical order of the artboards I prefer to order them and currently have to do it manually dragging each and every artboard one by one to give the forgotten artboards some room.

I am pretty new to Sketch and may just have as well missed this function, please help.

4/28/2015 4:01:00 PM

Accepted Answer

Use the layers panel

I find the easiest way to accurately select multiple artboards is the layers panel. Collapse the artboard groups (if your list is too long), then command-click each title you're after.

Artboards selected in the layers panel

Three ways to move

  1. Click and drag the title of any selected artboard in the workspace. Don't miss or you'll lose your selection! (>_<)
  2. Use the cursor keys (with shift for bigger jumps). Tedious, but foolproof.
  3. Enter values in the x/y position fields. Accurate, but often requires a guess.

Empty x/y position fields

^ As you can see above, if your artboards don't share a common dimension, the x/y positions will be blank. Entering a value will align them all to that position. This can be a very handy way to organize your file.

6/12/2015 4:19:00 PM