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10 Figma tips and tricks for designers

Illustrations of abstract components with cursors and tags similar to a Figma file

Figma has changed the way design and development teams work. If your team works in the tool and you’re looking for Figma tips and best practices to improve your collaborative design experience, you’re in good company. 

As a user experience company, we’re always looking a ways to adopt, improve, and utilize new tools and features internally. We’ve discovered a few Figma best practices that enhance our work and make it even easier to use this tool. If you’re wondering how to design using Figma or how to make that experience even better, we’ve put together ten of our favorite Figma tips and tricks for product design and development.

Let’s dive in.

1. Utilize auto layout

Unlike similar tools in Sketch or Xd, Figma makes it easy to manage layer order and maintain alignment as your content grows and you add or remove elements. If you have to do responsive designs or content changes throughout the process, this functionality can be very valuable.

Figma screen displaying an example of auto layout


2. Mass update text

Instead of changing each text layer one at a time, you can add Text Properties to any main component, allowing you to select multiple instances and update them all at once. You can even have one Text Property control multiple text boxes in a component.

Figma screen displaying an example of mass updating text


3. Swap out component instances

If you work with components, instances can help you quickly swap variations in and out. You can set up your project so that each component is related to the design element, and can be easily altered. Select multiple objects, use Cmd+/ to bring up the quick actions menu, and use the ‘Create Multiple Components’ and ‘Create Component Set’ commands.

Figma screen with an example of someone swapping out component instances


4. Move wireframes directly from FigJam to Figma 

FigJam, Figma’s whiteboard collaboration tool, is so well integrated with Figma that you can copy a wireframe mockup in FigJam and move it directly to Figma. It’s an almost completely seamless transition. If you make any adjustments in Figma and want to move the file back to FigJam for further brainstorming, you can reverse the same action. 

Figma screen with example of copying something from Figma to FigJam


5. Rename multiple layers at once

Command R allows you to rename multiple layers together for ease of organization. 

Figma screen with an example of renaming multiple layers at once


6. Use Keyboard shortcuts 

  • Option command O for library searcher
  • Option command B detaches component from the “parent” so you can fiddle with it as necessary
  • Command+track pad to zoom in/out
  • Enter to select children of current frame
  • Shift+Enter to select parent
  • Cmd+C then Cmd+Shift+R (or Cmd+Shift+Opt+V) to paste and replace selected object(s)
    • This can be done across multiple frames to quickly update an object
  • Cmd+Opt+C to copy properties (fills, round corner, stroke, text style, etc.) and Cmd+Opt+V to paste those properties to another object.

You can also see other shortcuts by selecting “Help” in the menu bar and choosing “Keyboard shortcuts.”

Figma screen with the help drop down open showing how to see keyboard shortcuts


7. Utilize plugins

We love using plugins to expand Figma’s capabilities further. Some of our favorites include:

Figma plugins homepage


8. Use grids

Utilizing grids in responsive design can be incredibly helpful, and you can nest grids in other grids. 

Figma screen with an example of using grids


9. Prototyping

It’s easier and faster to prototype in Figma than other products. You can also mass edit, adjusting multiple interactions at the same time. And components can have interactions baked in. Our favorite component interaction: Adding hover effects to buttons to make your prototypes look even more realistic.

Figma screen with a prototyping example


10. Take advantage of community files

Community files are design files that have been shared with Figma users. These files can include libraries and UI kits, tools and processes, or other ready-to-go resources. Some of our most-used community files are:

Think company Figma community page


Putting Our Figma Tips to Use

It may take some practice to fully utilize the tips, tricks, and best practices we’ve discussed. But once you start to integrate them into your workflow, they can make your work more efficient. We’ve saved a lot of time and effort implementing these tactics, and we think you will, too.


Are you interested in transitioning your design team to Figma? Need help convincing leadership to adopt Figma? Download our Seamless Figma Transition for Product Design Leaders guide

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