Why Can’t I Push and Pull in Sketchup?

Have you ever encountered the frustrating experience of not being able to push and pull in SketchUp? This issue can be quite perplexing, especially if you’re new to the software. In this article, we will explore some common reasons why you may be facing this problem and how you can resolve it.

SketchUp Push/Pull Tool

The Push/Pull tool is one of the most powerful and versatile tools in SketchUp. It allows you to extrude 2D shapes into 3D models by simply dragging your mouse. However, there are certain situations where this tool may not function as expected.

1. Incorrect Face Orientation

One common reason why you can’t push or pull in SketchUp is incorrect face orientation. Every face in SketchUp has a front side and a back side.

The front side is usually white, while the back side is usually blue-gray. The Push/Pull tool works only on faces with their front side visible.

To check the face orientation, go to View > Face Style > Monochrome. This will make all faces appear in a single color, making it easier to identify any reversed faces. If you come across any blue-gray faces, they need to be reversed.

  • Select the face(s) that need to be reversed.
  • Right-click on the selection and choose Reverse Faces from the context menu.

2. Group or Component Editing Mode

If you’re unable to push or pull an object, it could be because you’re trying to edit it while inside a group or component editing mode. When working with complex models, it’s common practice to group or create components for different parts of your design.

To edit an object within a group or component, you need to double-click it to enter the editing mode. Once inside, you can perform push and pull operations on the selected geometry. To exit the editing mode, simply click outside the group or component.

3. Hidden Geometry

Hidden geometry can also prevent you from using the Push/Pull tool effectively. SketchUp provides an option to hide certain parts of your model for better visibility and ease of editing. However, hidden geometry is not selectable or editable by default.

To reveal hidden geometry:

  • Go to View > Hidden Geometry to enable its visibility.
  • Select the hidden edges that are preventing push/pull operations.
  • Right-click on the selection and choose Unhide from the context menu.


The inability to push and pull in SketchUp can be attributed to face orientation issues, working within a group or component editing mode, or hidden geometry. By understanding these potential roadblocks and applying appropriate solutions, you’ll be able to overcome this problem and continue creating amazing 3D models with ease.

Remember to always check face orientations, ensure you’re in the correct editing mode, and reveal any hidden geometry that might be affecting your push/pull operations. Happy modeling!