How Do I Copy a Component From One Project to Another in SketchUp?

Have you ever found yourself needing to reuse a component from one SketchUp project in another? It can be a time-consuming task to recreate the same component from scratch, especially if it’s a complex one.

Fortunately, SketchUp provides a simple way to copy components between projects. In this tutorial, we will walk you through the steps to copy a component from one project to another in SketchUp.

Step 1: Open Both Projects

To begin, open both the project with the component you want to copy and the project where you want to paste it. You can have multiple instances of SketchUp open at once or use tabs within the software.

Step 2: Select the Component

Select the component you wish to copy in the source project. You can do this by using either the Select Tool or by simply clicking on the component in your workspace.


If your component is nested within other groups or components, make sure to explode them until you reach the desired component.

Step 3: Copy the Component

Right-click on the selected component and choose Copy. Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+C (Windows) or Cmd+C (Mac) to copy it.

Step 4: Paste in Destination Project

Navigate to your destination project where you want to paste the copied component. Make sure that your desired insertion point is correctly positioned within this project.


If necessary, use tools such as Pan, Zoom, or Orbit to adjust your view and accurately position the insertion point.

Step 5: Paste the Component

Right-click on an empty space within your destination project and choose Paste. Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+V (Windows) or Cmd+V (Mac) to paste the component.


The component will be pasted at its original location in the destination project. If you need to move or reposition it, use SketchUp’s transformation tools such as Move, Rotate, or Scale.


You have successfully copied a component from one project to another in SketchUp. This method saves you valuable time by allowing you to reuse existing components instead of recreating them from scratch.

  • Select the component: Use the Select Tool or click on the component.
  • Copy the component: Right-click and choose Copy, or use Ctrl+C (Windows) or Cmd+C (Mac).
  • Paste in destination project: Right-click in an empty space and choose Paste, or use Ctrl+V (Windows) or Cmd+V (Mac).
  • Note: Adjust your view using Pan, Zoom, or Orbit if necessary.
  • Note: Reposition the pasted component using transformation tools if needed.

You are now equipped with the knowledge to easily copy components between projects in SketchUp. Happy modeling!