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How to Boost Your Productivity in Google SketchUp 8

Part of the Google SketchUp 8 For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Google SketchUp 8 makes modeling accessible and easy compared to high-end modeling programs, but creating a model can still take time. As you create your models in Google SketchUp, you'll come to appreciate the following timesaving techniques.

To divide an edge into a number of shorter edges:

  1. Right-click an edge with the Select tool.

  2. Choose Divide from the context menu that pops up.

  3. Type the number of segments you'd like and press Enter.

To resize your whole model based on one known measurement:

  1. Select the Tape Measure tool.

  2. Press Ctrl (Option on a Mac) until you don't see a + next to your cursor.

  3. Measure a distance; click once to start measuring, and again to stop.

  4. Type a dimension for the distance you just measured and press Enter.

  5. Click Yes in the dialog box that pops up.

To set up your own keyboard shortcuts:

  1. Choose Window→Preferences (File→Preferences on the Mac).

  2. Click the Shortcuts panel.

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