How Do You Deselect Edges in SketchUp?

SketchUp is a powerful 3D modeling software that allows users to create and edit models with ease. When working with edges in SketchUp, it’s important to know how to select and deselect them efficiently. In this tutorial, we will explore different methods to deselect edges in SketchUp, making your modeling experience even more seamless.

Selecting Edges in SketchUp

Before we dive into deselecting edges, let’s quickly review how to select edges in SketchUp. To select an edge, simply click on it with the Select tool (keyboard shortcut: Spacebar). You will notice that the selected edge becomes highlighted with a bold outline.

Deselecting Edges Individually

If you want to deselect a single edge while keeping other selected edges intact, you can do so by holding down the Shift key and clicking on the edge you wish to deselect. This method is perfect when you have multiple edges selected and want to remove one from the selection without starting over.

Deselecting All Edges

At times, you may find yourself needing to quickly deselect all edges in your model. Instead of individually clicking on each edge to deselect, there is a simple shortcut available.

Press Ctrl/Cmd + A to select all elements in your model, and then press Shift + Click on any empty space within your model area. This action will deselect all previously selected edges.

Deselecting Edges Using Eraser Tool

The Eraser tool (keyboard shortcut: E) can also be used for deselecting edges in SketchUp. Simply activate the Eraser tool and click on any selected edge or entity that you wish to remove from the selection. This method provides an alternative way of deselection if you prefer using the eraser tool instead of keyboard shortcuts.

Deselecting Edges with the Select Tool

The Select tool itself can be used to deselect edges. While the Select tool is active, hold down the Shift key and click on any selected edge or entity to remove it from the selection. This method is particularly useful if you prefer using the Select tool exclusively for all your selection and deselection needs.

Deselecting Edges in a Selection Set

If you have a specific set of edges selected and want to remove them from your current selection, you can create a temporary selection set. To do this, hold down the Shift key and drag a selection box around the edges you wish to deselect. Once the temporary selection set is created, simply release the Shift key to remove it from your current selection.


Deselecting edges in SketchUp is an essential skill that can greatly improve your modeling workflow. Whether you choose to use keyboard shortcuts, the Eraser tool, or a combination of both, having multiple methods at your disposal allows for greater flexibility and efficiency. So go ahead and try out these different techniques in your next SketchUp project!