How Do I Open a New Version of SketchUp?

If you’re wondering how to open a new version of SketchUp, you’ve come to the right place! In this tutorial, we’ll walk you through the steps to open a new version of SketchUp and get started on your 3D modeling journey.

Step 1: Download the Latest Version

Before you can open a new version of SketchUp, you need to make sure you have the latest software installed on your computer. Visit the official SketchUp website and download the most recent version available.

Once the download is complete, follow the installation instructions provided by SketchUp. Make sure to choose any additional plugins or extensions that you may need for your projects.

Step 2: Launching SketchUp

After successfully installing SketchUp, it’s time to launch the software. Look for the SketchUp icon on your desktop or in your applications folder and double-click on it.

If prompted, enter your license information or sign in using your Trimble account credentials. This will grant you access to all the features and functionalities of SketchUp.

Step 3: Creating a New Project

Once SketchUp is up and running, it’s time to create a new project. To do this:

  1. Click on “File” in the top menu bar.

  2. Select “New” from the dropdown menu.

  3. You can also use the shortcut Ctrl+N (Windows) or Command+N (Mac).

A blank canvas will appear where you can start designing your 3D models.

Step 4: Familiarizing Yourself with the Interface

Before you dive into your project, it’s essential to get acquainted with SketchUp’s interface. Here are some key elements:

The Toolbar

The toolbar contains various tools for drawing, modifying, and navigating your models. Take some time to explore the different icons and their functions.

The Drawing Area

This is where you’ll create your 3D models. Use the navigation tools (orbit, pan, zoom) to move around your project and view it from different angles.

The Instructor Panel

The instructor panel provides context-sensitive help and tips based on the tool or feature you’re using. It’s a valuable resource for beginners.

Step 5: Save Your Project

Once you’ve made progress on your model or completed the initial design, it’s crucial to save your work. To save your project:

  1. Click on “File” in the top menu bar.

  2. Select “Save” or “Save As” from the dropdown menu.

  3. Choose a location on your computer to save the file.

  4. Give your project a name and click “Save”.

Saving regularly ensures that you don’t lose any progress in case of unexpected software crashes or power outages.


Congratulations! You now know how to open a new version of SketchUp and start creating amazing 3D models. Remember to keep exploring the software’s features and practicing your skills to unlock its full potential.

Happy modeling!