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After you create scenes in Google SketchUp, you’ll inevitably need to fiddle with them in some way. After all, modifying something is almost always easier than making it all over again, and the same thing holds true for scenes. Because your SketchUp model will change a million times, understanding how to make changes to your existing scenes can save you a lot of time in the long run.

Making simple modifications to scenes, such as reordering, renaming, and removing them, is easy. You can accomplish each of these in two ways: You either use the Scenes dialog box or you right-click the scene tabs at the top of your modeling window.

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To access the modification controls in the Scenes dialog box, click the arrow-shaped expansion button in the upper-right corner.

Here’s how to reorder, rename, or remove scenes:

  • Reordering scenes: You can change the order in which scenes play in a slide show. If you’re using scenes, you need to do this often. Use one of the following methods:

    • Right-click the tab of the scene you want to move (in the modeling window) and choose Move Right or Move Left.

    • In the expanded Scenes dialog box, click the name (or thumbnail image) of the scene you want to move to select it. Then click the up or down arrows to the right of the list to change the scene’s position in the scene order.

  • Renaming scenes: It’s a good idea to give your scenes meaningful names: Living Room, Top View, and Shadows at 5:00 P.M. are descriptive enough to be useful. Use one of the following methods:

    • Right-click the scene tab and choose Rename.

    • In the Scenes dialog box, select the scene you want to rename and type something into the Name field below the list. If you’re feeling really organized, go ahead and give it a description, too.

  • Removing scenes: If you don’t need a scene anymore, feel free to delete it. However, if you have a scene that you don’t want to appear in slide shows, you don’t have to get rid of it. Use one of the following methods to remove a scene:

    • Right-click the scene tab and choose Delete to get rid of it permanently.

    • In the Scenes dialog box, select the scene you want to ax and click the Delete button.

    To exclude a scene from slide shows without getting rid of it, select its name (or thumbnail) and deselect the Include in Animation check box.

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