How Do I Enable Keyboard Commands in SketchUp?

SketchUp is a powerful 3D modeling software that allows users to create stunning designs and models. One useful feature of SketchUp is the ability to enable keyboard commands, which can greatly enhance your workflow and productivity. In this tutorial, we will show you how to enable keyboard commands in SketchUp.

Step 1: Accessing the Preferences

To begin, open SketchUp on your computer. Once SketchUp is open, navigate to the top menu and click on “Window”. From the dropdown menu, select “Preferences”.

Step 2: Enabling Keyboard Commands

After accessing the Preferences window, you will see a list of different settings on the left-hand side. Locate and click on “Shortcuts” in the list.

Once you are in the Shortcuts section, you will see a variety of different tools and commands that can be assigned to keyboard shortcuts. To enable keyboard commands for a specific tool or command, locate it in the list.

Note: You can use the search bar at the top of the window to quickly find a specific tool or command.

Assigning a Keyboard Shortcut

To assign a keyboard shortcut to a tool or command, select it from the list by clicking on it once. Once selected, click on the “Add Shortcut” button located at the bottom right corner of the window.

A small dialog box will appear asking you to press a key combination for your shortcut. Press your desired key combination (e.g., Ctrl + N) and then click “OK”. Your new shortcut will now be assigned to the tool or command.

Removing a Keyboard Shortcut

If you want to remove an existing keyboard shortcut, select it from the list and click on the “Remove Shortcut” button located next to the “Add Shortcut” button.

Step 3: Testing Your Keyboard Commands

After assigning or removing keyboard shortcuts, it’s important to test them to ensure they are working correctly. Close the Preferences window and return to the main SketchUp interface.

To test a keyboard command, simply press the assigned key combination for the tool or command you want to use. If everything is set up correctly, SketchUp will execute the corresponding action.


Enabling keyboard commands in SketchUp is a great way to streamline your workflow and improve your productivity. By assigning custom shortcuts to your most frequently used tools and commands, you can save time and work more efficiently.

Remember to regularly review and update your shortcuts as needed. Happy modeling!