How Do I Turn Off Guidelines in SketchUp?

Are you tired of those pesky guidelines cluttering up your SketchUp workspace? If you’re looking for a way to turn them off, you’ve come to the right place. In this tutorial, we’ll walk you through the steps to disable guidelines in SketchUp, allowing you to work with a clean and distraction-free environment.

Step 1: Accessing the Preferences

To begin, launch SketchUp and head over to the top menu bar. Click on “Window” and then select “Preferences” from the dropdown menu. Alternatively, you can use the shortcut “Ctrl + K” (Windows) or “Command + ,” (Mac) to open the Preferences panel.

Step 2: Navigating to the Guides Section

Once you have opened the Preferences panel, a new window will appear. On the left-hand side, locate and click on the “Guides” option. This will take you to the section where you can customize various settings related to guidelines.

Step 3: Adjusting Guidelines Display

Within the Guides section, you will find an option called “Display”. Under this category, there are multiple checkboxes that control different aspects of guideline visibility.

  • Show guides: By default, this box is checked. Uncheck it to turn off all guidelines in your SketchUp workspace.
  • Show length: This checkbox controls whether or not guideline lengths are displayed when they are created or selected.
  • Show midpoints: If checked, midpoints of lines will be marked by guidelines. Uncheck this box if you want to remove these marks.

If there are any other guideline-related options available in your version of SketchUp, feel free to explore and adjust them according to your preferences.

Step 4: Applying Changes

Once you have made the desired changes to the guideline display settings, click on the “OK” button in the Preferences panel. The guidelines will now be turned off, giving you a clear workspace to work with.


If you ever need to turn the guidelines back on, simply follow the same steps mentioned above and check the “Show guides” box within the Display section of the Guides preferences.

Congratulations! You have successfully disabled guidelines in SketchUp.

Now you can focus on your designs without any distractions. Enjoy your clutter-free workspace!