How Do You Hide in SketchUp?

Have you ever worked on a SketchUp model and found yourself in need of hiding certain elements? Whether it’s to focus on a specific part of your design or to simplify the view for presentation purposes, hiding elements in SketchUp can be a useful skill to have.

In this tutorial, we will explore different methods and techniques for hiding in SketchUp. Let’s dive in!

Hiding Using the Hide Tool

If you want to hide specific entities within your model, the Hide tool is your go-to option. To access it, follow these steps:

  1. Open your SketchUp model.
  2. Select the entities you want to hide. You can use the Selection tool (shortcut: Spacebar) to select multiple entities at once.
  3. Right-click on any of the selected entities and choose “Hide” from the context menu.

Note: You can also use the keyboard shortcut “H” as a quick way to access the Hide tool.

Show Hidden Geometry

Once you’ve hidden some entities, you might want to reveal them later. To do so, follow these steps:

  • Select the Hidden Geometry tool from the toolbar or press “Shift+H” as a shortcut.
  • Click on any face or surface that contains hidden geometry. This action will reveal all hidden entities associated with that face or surface.

Hiding Using Layers

If you prefer a more organized approach for hiding elements, utilizing layers can be a great solution. Here’s how:

  1. Go to the Layers panel by selecting “Window” from SketchUp’s menu and choosing “Layers”.
  2. Create a new layer by clicking on the “Add Layer” button at the bottom of the panel.
  3. Assign the entities you want to hide to this new layer. You can do this by selecting the entities, right-clicking, and choosing “Entity Info”. In the Entity Info panel, select your newly created layer from the “Layer” dropdown menu.
  4. To hide all entities on a specific layer, simply uncheck the visibility box next to that layer in the Layers panel.

Show Hidden Layers

If you want to reveal hidden layers later on, follow these steps:

  • Go to the Layers panel.
  • Check the visibility box next to each hidden layer you want to show.

Hiding Using Outliner

The Outliner is another powerful tool that can be used for hiding elements in SketchUp. Here’s how:

  1. Open the Outliner by selecting “Window” from SketchUp’s menu and choosing “Outliner”.
  2. Select the entities you want to hide within your model.

Show Hidden Elements in Outliner

If you need to bring back hidden elements listed in your Outliner, follow these steps:

  • Select all or specific hidden elements within your Outliner.
  • Right-click on any of them and choose “Unhide” from the context menu. This action will make all selected elements visible again.


Hiding elements in SketchUp can be done using different methods, such as the Hide tool, Layers, and the Outliner. Each method has its own advantages depending on your specific needs.

Whether you want to hide entities temporarily or organize your model more efficiently using layers, SketchUp provides you with the necessary tools to achieve these goals. So go ahead, experiment with hiding elements in SketchUp and take your modeling skills to the next level!