How Do I Create a Shortcut to Explode in SketchUp?

Creating a Shortcut to Explode in SketchUp

SketchUp is a powerful 3D modeling software that allows you to create and modify various objects. One of the essential tools in SketchUp is the “Explode” command, which allows you to break apart complex objects into their individual components. In this tutorial, we will explore how to create a shortcut for the Explode command, making your modeling workflow even more efficient.

Step 1: Accessing the Preferences

To begin, open SketchUp and navigate to the “Window” tab in the menu bar. From there, select “Preferences.” A new window will appear with various settings and options.

Step 2: Selecting Shortcuts

In the Preferences window, locate and click on the “Shortcuts” option. This will reveal a list of available commands that can be assigned shortcuts.

Note: You can also access this window by pressing “L” on your keyboard while SketchUp is open.

Step 3: Finding the Explode Command

Scroll down through the list of commands until you find “Explode.” Click on it to select it.

Step 4: Assigning a Shortcut Key

With the “Explode” command selected, click on the box labeled “Add Shortcut.” This will prompt you to enter a key combination for your shortcut.

  • Note: It’s essential to choose a key combination that is not already assigned to another command in SketchUp.

Once you have chosen your desired key combination (for example, Ctrl + Shift + X), type it into the box. Press Enter or click outside of the box when finished.

Step 5: Saving Your Shortcut

After assigning your shortcut key combination, click on the “OK” button at the bottom of the Preferences window to save your changes.

Step 6: Testing the Shortcut

Now that you have created a shortcut for the “Explode” command, it’s time to put it to the test. Close the Preferences window and return to your SketchUp workspace.

To use the shortcut, select an object or group that you wish to explode. Then, press the key combination you assigned earlier (Ctrl + Shift + X in our example). Your object will instantly break apart into its individual components.

Step 7: Customizing Further

If you find that your assigned key combination is not comfortable for you or conflicts with other software on your computer, don’t worry! You can always go back to the Preferences window and reassign a different key combination for the Explode command.


Creating shortcuts in SketchUp can significantly enhance your workflow by allowing you to access essential commands quickly. In this tutorial, we have demonstrated how to create a shortcut for the Explode command.

By following these steps, you can streamline your modeling process and save valuable time. So go ahead, give it a try, and experience the power of custom shortcuts in SketchUp!