Free SketchUp Tutorial: How to Add, Delete and Combine Tags

In SketchUp Pro 2020, you may notice that layers are now called tags. If you are new to SketchUp, layers or now tags help you organize your model and change visibility as you work through the model. In this free SketchUp tutorial, I share how to add, delete, and organize tags. This tutorial was created for interior designers interested in learning SketchUp Pro, or maybe just need a refresher.

Tags are located in the default tray to the right of your model space. If you do not have the tags showing, click the Windows tab, default tray and be sure there is a check next to the tags.

How to Add Tags in SketchUp Pro

In my latest series of free SketchUp Pro tutorials, I walk students through creating a house. I use this particular house for several tutorials and in-class demonstrations when I am teaching interior design students. It is a close replica of my in-law’s house that I have been visiting since I was 15.

To add a tag, you will push the plus symbol under Tags. Once you click the plus sign, you can immediately name it accordingly.

For this project, I have created exterior walls and interior walls, as well as a kitchen floor and tile. After I create a tag for the exterior walls, I can select the exterior walls by clicking one time and change the tag to the exterior wall tag using the Entity Info. Box in the default tray.

Once my exterior walls are in the “exterior wall” tag, I can then turn off that tag by deselecting the eye next to the tag. By using tags, I can more easily manipulate my model, making it easier to work in tight areas.

It is important to add tags with logic. Think about how you might organize your 3D model. What views do you want to show? What specific items would be helpful to turn visibility on and off?

I usually organize my model with appliances all on one tag, interior doors, and walls on another tag, furniture on a separate tag, a floor and tile tag, and so forth. You may end up creating separate interior wall tags for the north, east, south, and west walls of a space. The key with tags is creating tags that are logical to you.

How to Delete Tags in SketchUp Pro

To delete a tag, highlight the tag by clicking the name, then select the negative sign.

A Popup asks if you want to delete, move to the current layer, or the default layer. The default layer is “untagged.” The current layer is the tag with the pencil indicated.

How to Combine Tags in SketchUp Pro

In my example of north, east, south, and west wall, those may be separate tags as I model, but then as I complete the model, I would combine them into one tag called interior walls.

To combine tags, I would move the pencil to the tag I want to keep, and then highlight the tag I don’t want and hit the negative sign. When the popup instructions ask what I want to do, I will select the radio button next to move the contents to the current tag, then hit okay. Everything from the deleted tag will now be on the combined tag.  

Once I am completely done modeling, I like to combine tags, just like I did earlier with the separate wall tags. Keeping my model clean will help when I show it to my clients during a presentation.

If I multiply something on a layer, such as a floor tile, all subsequent tiles will be on the same tag. When I combine the floor and the tile layers, I won’t have one tile on a random tag.

When we use tags, we can control what is showing at any given time while we are modeling. Tags are a great way to organize your model and allow you more control. Be cautious, though, too many tags will cause a slowdown in your model.

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