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Keyboard shortcut: Rename layer/group

Would love to have a menu item at the very least, that I could assign a keyboard shortcut, to rename a layer or group. I'm on a big display and it wastes so much of my time, dragging my mouse all the way to the top left to also double click a layer.


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  • Eduardo Chang. commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Hello guys! I found a solution (in mac) that maybe you can find helpful:
    1. Per Randy Edmunds' idea, install the "rename it" extension (
    2. In Custom keyboard shortcuts (macosx) create one for the existing "Object->Make Repeat Grid" and asign it to anything but CMD+R, this way you "release" the default shortcut mapping.
    3. Assign CMD+R to "Plugins->Rename It->Rename Selected Layers"

    you done!
    * you can also do these with a diff extension to show rulers or anything else works for you.
    Hope it helps!

  • Brian commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This would be extra nice with Auto-Animate as the layers need to be named the same thing in order for that to work. Multiple layer rename with a contextual menu or keyboard shortcut would be amazing and really make Auto-Animate that much easier to use.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    On Windows, F2 is the standard short cut for "Rename" (as far as I know, on MacOS it is Enter).
    Currently, only Enter is available - also on Windows. In XD, I usually press first F2 to rename Artborards, change text etc. and then remember that I have to use enter :-(

  • AdminRandy Edmunds (Software Engineer, Adobe) commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Thanks for sending in Feature Requests. Now that Adobe XD has plugin support, you may be able to implement that as a plugin.

    One timesaver is to create all your layers first, double-click to name the first one, then use Tab key to commit name and edit name of next layer to quickly go through the list. Can also use Shift-Tab to go to previous layer.

    Hope this helps,

  • Arvid commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It would be nice if I could rename layers using a shortcut.

    Sketch / InVision studio allow you to press cmd + r and then type away name any element currently selected (layers, groups, artboards, etc.)

    Having to double tap in the layers panel is time-consuming with such a repetitive task as renaming stuff.

    Usually I try to name my objects, right after I create them. So currently I have to reach to the very left of my monitor all the time in order to do so. Having a shortcut would definitely speed things up a lot (especially on larger monitors, where the distance can be quite something)

  • Lenart commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please add this feature it is really frustrating to have to double click on layers to rename them.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is such a basic thing, why was it left out! It's practically the only thing in the layer right-click menu which doesn't have a shortcut, yet it's by far the option I use the most...

  • Carlos commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I would save lot of time at the end of the day, thats the kind of features super users love

  • ttk commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This renaming layers via keyboard shortcut is a required feature for making professional, well organised design deliverables. Some modifier key + R would be my assumption for this. This is literally useful several hundred times a day. Unbelievable that it doesn't exist.

    Someone below recommends using 'Enter'. Maybe that works on Windows, but on a Mac it does not work.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    When would be getting this feature? Very difficult when you are working in a large project.

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