Sketchup Shortcuts for Windows

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Efficient Sketchup Shortcuts for Windows to Boost Productivity

As a SketchUp enthusiast, mastering shortcuts has significantly improved my workflow, making modeling tasks faster and more efficient. Here, I’ll share my top SketchUp shortcuts for Windows, which have been game-changers in my projects. These shortcuts are a mix of tapping keys to activate tools and holding down keys to access additional functionalities. Let’s dive in.

IMPORTANT: By ‘tap’ I mean a quick “tap and release.” And by ‘hold down’, a continuous “hold down” on the keyboard.

Here are the top Sketchup Shortcuts for Windows :

Select (Spacebar)

Tap ‘Spacebar’ to activate the Select tool and then tap:

Alt key (modifier)Hold down to Add to Selection
Shift key (modifier)Hold down to Add/Subtract from Selection
Alt + Shift key (modifier)Subtract from Selection

Move (M)

Tap ‘M’ to activate the move tool and then tap:

Alt key (modifier)Make a Copy
(Activate the Move Tool(M) first, and then tap option to switch to copy mode)
Alt key (modifier)(tap x2)Activates Stamp move mode, a less common but useful feature to duplicate multiple items.
Shift key (modifier)Hold down to lock in current inference direction
Ctrl key (modifier)Auto-fold (allow move even if it means adding extra edges and faces)

Paint Bucket (B)

Tap ‘B’ to activate the Paint Bucket tool and then tap:

Ctrl key (modifier)Hold down to sample material
Alt key (modifier)Fill material – paint all adjacent faces
Shift key (modifier)Replace material
Alt + Shift key (modifier)Hold down to Replace material on object

Push/Pull (P)

Tap ‘P’ to activate the Push/Pull tool and then tap:

Alt key (modifier)Push/pull a copy of the face
Ctrl key (modifier)Toggle Stretch Mode for more flexible modeling.

Rotate (Q)

Tap ‘Q’ to activate the Rotate tool and then tap:

Alt key (modifier)Rotate a Copy

Scale (S)

Tap ‘S’ to activate the Scale tool and then tap:

Alt key (modifier)Hold down to scale about center
Shift key (modifier)Hold down to scale uniformly
Alt + Shift key (modifier)Hold down to  scale from the center and non-uniformly.

Tape Measure (T)

Tap ‘T’ to activate the Tape Measure tool and then tap:

Alt + Shift key (modifier)Toggle create guide or measure only

Eraser (E)

Tap ‘E’ to activate the Eraser tool and then tap:

Alt key (modifier)Soften/smooth (use on edges to make adjacent faces appear curved)
Shift key (modifier)Toggle Hide
Ctrl key (modifier)Toggle Unsmooth/unhide.
Alt + Shift key (modifier)unsoften or unsmooth

Zoom (Z)

Tap ‘Z’ to activate the Zoom tool and then tap:

Shift key (modifier)Hold down to changes the field of view

Offset (F)

Tap ‘F’ to activate the Offset tool and then tap:

Command key (modifier)allow overlap of edges

Line (L)

Tap ‘L’ to activate the Line tool and then tap:

Shift key (modifier)lock in current inference direction

Rectangle (R)

Tap ‘R’ to activate the Rectangle tool and then tap:

Alt key (modifier)start drawing from center


Shift + ZZoom Extents (Very useful shortcut)
Simply tap the above shortcut to see your entire model.
Shift + SLet’s you search for tools for quick access.
Also lets you assign shortcuts in sketchup for web.
K (tap)Back edges.
Great to see back edges of your model and to easily select them.
O (tap)Orbit Tool.
Hold down shift to switch between pan and
orbit when the orbit tool is active.
H (pan)Pan Tool

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