How Do I Show the Layers Toolbar in SketchUp?

If you’re new to SketchUp or simply haven’t explored all its features, you might be wondering how to show the Layers toolbar. The Layers toolbar in SketchUp allows you to organize your model by grouping related objects together, making it easier to work with complex designs. In this tutorial, we’ll walk you through the steps to show the Layers toolbar in SketchUp.

Step 1: Opening the Default Tray

Before we can show the Layers toolbar, we need to ensure that the Default Tray is open. The Default Tray contains various toolbars and panels that you can display in SketchUp.

  1. First, locate the “Window” menu at the top of your screen. Click on it to open a dropdown menu.

  2. In the dropdown menu, find and click on “Default Tray.” This will open the Default Tray on the right side of your SketchUp interface.

Step 2: Enabling the Layers Toolbar

Now that we have opened the Default Tray, we can proceed to enable the Layers toolbar.

  1. In the Default Tray panel, locate and click on the “Layers” checkbox. This will activate or enable the Layers toolbar.

If you don’t see a “Layers” checkbox in your Default Tray panel, follow these additional steps:

  1. Right-click anywhere within an empty space in your Default Tray panel. This will open a context menu.

  2. In this context menu, select “Layers” from the list of available toolbars and panels. This will add a checkbox for Layers in your Default Tray panel.

  3. Click on the newly added “Layers” checkbox to enable it and show the Layers toolbar.

Step 3: Customizing the Layers Toolbar

Now that you have successfully enabled the Layers toolbar, you can further customize it to suit your workflow.

  1. In the Layers toolbar, you’ll see a small arrow icon pointing downwards next to the word “Layers.” Click on this arrow to open a dropdown menu.

  2. In the dropdown menu, you’ll find various options to customize your Layers toolbar.

    You can choose to display icons only, text only, or both icons and text for each layer in your model.

  3. Select your preferred option from the dropdown menu by clicking on it. The Layers toolbar will update according to your selection.


  • You can also resize the width of the Layers toolbar by clicking and dragging its right edge.

  • If you ever want to hide or disable the Layers toolbar, simply uncheck the “Layers” checkbox in the Default Tray panel.

That’s it! You’ve now learned how to show and customize the Layers toolbar in SketchUp. By using this powerful tool, you can efficiently organize and manage complex models, making your design process smoother and more organized.

We hope this tutorial was helpful. Happy modeling!