How Do I Reset Axis in SketchUp?

If you’re a SketchUp user, you may come across situations where you need to reset the axis in your model. This can be particularly useful when you want to align your model with a specific reference point or when you need to make precise measurements. In this tutorial, we will explore different methods to reset the axis in SketchUp.

Method 1: Using the Axes Tool

The first method involves using the Axes tool, which is specifically designed for resetting the axis. To access this tool, go to the “Tools” menu and select “Axes.” Alternatively, you can use the shortcut key “X” on your keyboard.

Once you activate the Axes tool, click on a point that you want to set as your new origin or reference point. SketchUp will align its axes with this selected point. If needed, you can also click on additional points to define other axes.

Note: The Axes tool allows you to align X, Y, and Z axes independently. To reset all three axes simultaneously, hold down the Shift key while clicking on a point.

Method 2: Using Guides

Another way to reset the axis is by using guides in SketchUp. Guides provide visual aids that help align objects precisely within your model.

To create guides, click on the “Tape Measure” tool in the “Tools” menu or press “T” on your keyboard. Then click on any edge or endpoint within your model and drag out a guide line. Repeat this process for other edges if needed.

Once you have created guides along desired reference points or edges, activate the Axes tool as explained in Method 1 and click on any intersection of two guides. SketchUp will realign its axes based on this intersection point.

Method 3: Using Construction Points

If precision is your top priority, consider using construction points to reset the axis. Construction points are temporary reference points that you can place anywhere in your model.

To create a construction point, click on the “Construction Point” tool in the “Tools” menu or press “K” on your keyboard. Then click on any desired location within your model to place a construction point.

Once you have placed one or more construction points, activate the Axes tool and click on a construction point to define a new origin or reference point. SketchUp will reset its axes based on this selected construction point.

Method 4: Using Extensions

If you’re looking for more advanced axis manipulation options, consider using extensions available in the SketchUp Extension Warehouse. These extensions provide additional tools and features to reset and manipulate axes in various ways.

To access these extensions, go to the “Window” menu and select “Extension Warehouse.” Search for axis-related extensions and choose one that suits your needs. Install it by following the instructions provided by the extension developer.

Once installed, activate the extension’s tools or commands as instructed to reset or manipulate axes according to your requirements.


Resetting the axis in SketchUp is essential for aligning your model accurately with reference points or making precise measurements. In this tutorial, we explored four different methods for resetting the axis: using the Axes tool, guides, construction points, and extensions.

Experiment with these methods and choose the one that works best for your specific modeling needs.