Free Tutorial: Adding the Large Tool Set in SketchUp
In this how-to SketchUp tutorial, I demonstrate how you add the Large Tool Set to your SketchUp Pro modeling space. The Large Tool Set aligns along the left side of the modeling space and gives you quick access to many different tools. I find using the Large Tool Set to be much faster than going to the top toolbar and using the dropdowns.
After you watch the video, you will understand how to add the Large Tool Set and remove it. I also go through each tool area, showing what tools you can find.
One Quick Step to Adding the Large Tool Set in SketchUp
Unlike other tools, you can only add the Large Tool Set by right-clicking in the gray toolbar, scrolling down, and clicking on the Large Tool Set. It is that easy. If you want to remove it, you go through the same steps. Right-click on the toolbar, deselect the Large Tool Set. The tool is aligned along the left of your modeling space, but it can be moved in the 2021 version.
Common Tools in the Large Tool Set
Some of the tools you will find in the Large Tool Set are standard tools you may use every day. Many of these also have keyboard shortcuts. These tools include:
- Select Tool
- Materials Bucket
- All the Draw Tools
- Tape Measure
- Navigation Tools: Orbit, Pan, Zoom, Zoom Extent, and Zoom Window
- Camera Tools: Walking, Looking Around
- Section Plane
- 3D Warehouse and Extension Warehouse
Uncommon SketchUp Tools You May Find Handy
- Component – used to create a component as well as see if the geometry is a component.
- Follow Me Tool – Awesome tool for creating different shapes such as nosing on counters, baseboards or crown molding, or even window frames.
- Dimension – This is a relatively new tool added in either the 2019 or 2020 version, and it allows you to place dimensions within your model. Previously, you could only add dimensions in Layout.
- 3D Text and Text Labels – These tools are useful for adding notes to your model.
- Send to Layout Button – If you aren't' familiar with Layout, it comes with your subscription and allows you to set up print sheets for construction docs or presentations.
Once you open the tool, it will remain open until you close it. So next time you use SketchUp, it will already be available.
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