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Sketcher NewSketch

Menu location
Sketch → Create sketch
Default shortcut
Introduced in version
See also
PartDesign NewSketch, Sketcher MapSketch, Sketcher ReorientSketch


The Sketcher NewSketch tool creates a new sketch and opens the Sketcher Dialog to edit it.

Note that the PartDesign Workbench has its own new sketch tool. When working on a PartDesign Body that tool should be used instead.


  1. If the sketch should be attached to existing geometry: select an object with a shape, or one or more vertices, edges, and/or faces, and/or a plane.
  2. There are several ways to invoke the tool:
    • Press the Create sketch button.
    • Select the Sketch → Create sketch option from the menu.
  3. If geometry has been selected:
    1. The Sketch attachment dialog opens.
    2. Select an attachment method from the dropdown list. Or select Don't attach to ignore the selection.
    3. Press the OK button.
  4. If there is no selection, or Don't attach has been selected in the previous step:
    1. The Choose orientation dialog opens.
    2. Specify the plane for the orientation. The plane is relative to the local coordinate system the sketch is in:
      • If the Reverse direction checkbox is not checked:
        • Top: XY-Plane
        • Front: XZ-Plane
        • Right: YZ-Plane
      • If the Reverse direction checkbox is checked:
        • Bottom: XY-Plane
        • Rear: XZ-Plane
        • Left: YZ-Plane
    3. Optionally change the Offset. The offset is measured along the Z, Y or X axis of the local coordinate system.
    4. Press the OK button.
  5. A sketch is created.
  6. The sketch is put in edit mode and the Sketcher Dialog opens.
  7. To finish edit mode see Sketcher LeaveSketch.