How Do You Change Tags in SketchUp?

Changing tags in SketchUp is an essential skill that every user should master. Tags, also known as layers, allow you to organize and manage different elements in your SketchUp model. In this tutorial, we will explore how to change tags in SketchUp using simple and straightforward steps.

Step 1: Accessing the Tags Panel

To change tags in SketchUp, you need to access the Tags panel. You can do this by navigating to the “Window” menu at the top of the application window and selecting “Default Tray” followed by “Tags”. Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut: Alt + T.

Step 2: Creating New Tags

Before we delve into changing tags, let’s first understand how to create new ones. In the Tags panel, click on the “+” button located at the bottom-left corner.

This will create a new tag with a default name such as “Tag1”. To rename it, simply double-click on the tag name and enter a more descriptive name.


  • Avoid using spaces or special characters in tag names as it can cause issues when exporting or working with other software.
  • Create meaningful names that reflect the content or purpose of each tag for easier management.

Step 3: Assigning Tags to Entities

To change tags for specific entities (e.g., faces, edges, groups), follow these steps:

  1. Select the entity you want to assign a tag to by either clicking on it or using selection tools like “Select”, “Paint Bucket”, or “Entity Info”.
  2. In the Tags panel, click on the drop-down menu next to the entity’s current tag.
  3. Select the desired tag from the list.

Note: You can assign multiple entities to a single tag or assign different tags to different entities based on your modeling needs.

Step 4: Organizing Tags

As your SketchUp model grows in complexity, organizing tags becomes crucial. Here are some tips to keep your tags organized:

  • Group related entities under the same tag. For example, all furniture components can be grouped under a “Furniture” tag.
  • Create sub-tags by indenting them under parent tags.

    This helps in establishing hierarchies and maintaining a clear structure.

  • Use color coding to visually differentiate between different types of tags. Right-click on a tag and select “Color Tag” to choose a color.

Step 5: Editing Tags

If you need to make changes to an existing tag, follow these steps:

  1. In the Tags panel, locate the tag you want to edit.
  2. To rename the tag, double-click on its name and enter the new name.
  3. To change the color of the tag, right-click on it and select “Color Tag”. Choose a new color from the options provided.

Note: Editing a tag’s properties does not affect any entities assigned to it; it only modifies its visual appearance and name.

Step 6: Deleting Tags

If you no longer require a tag, you can delete it along with its assigned entities. Follow these steps:

  1. In the Tags panel, right-click on the tag you wish to delete.
  2. Select “Delete” from the context menu.
  3. Confirm the deletion by clicking “Yes” in the prompt that appears.

Note: Deleting a tag permanently removes it from your SketchUp model and cannot be undone. Make sure to double-check before deleting any tags.

By following these simple steps, you can easily change tags in SketchUp and keep your models organized. Remember to create meaningful names, assign tags to entities, and organize them effectively. Happy modeling!