How to Reduce Sketchup File Size

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There are a few reasons you may want to reduce your Sketchup file size: maybe you are an architect who received a file from a consultant, and you need to remove some components to make it smaller, or perhaps you are working with a really large file and you simply want to reduce it so it is easier to work with and faster to load.

In this tutorial, we’ll go over a simple way to decrease your file size no matter what the reason may be!

Delete Components to Reduce Sketchup File Size

Default Tray > Components. If you go to the default tray on the righthand side of your screen, you will notice a “components” tab. Click on the tab to view a list of the different components within your model. You can begin to delete certain components that you don’t need in your model, but it won’t make the file size significantly smaller. To do this, you will have to purge the components from your actual Sketchup file.

delete components to reduce Sketchup file size

SAVE A COPY AS! Before continuing, make sure you save a copy of your original Sketchup file! This way, if you end up needing a component you deleted later, you have a way to go back to it. Once you save a new document, you won’t have a way to get back to the original, so make sure you save!

Window > Model Info > Statistics. In order to make a significant difference in the Sketchup file size you will need to open the “model info” window. Navigate to “window” and select “model info” from the dropdown menu. Then, click on the “statistics” tab. Check the box that says “show nested components.” This will help you visualize what’s going on within the model.

Sketchup file size model info

Purge Unused. In the “model info” window, click on the button that says “purge unused.” If you look at the numbers in the “statistics” tab it may not look like much happened, but it actually deleted all of the components you weren’t using. Now, if you hit save and look at the size it should be significantly smaller than the original.

purge unused components to reduce Sketchup file size

Reduce Sketchup File Size within the Web App

You can also reduce the file size within the Sketchup Web App. With the app open, click on the “components” icon in the righthand toolbar to open the “components” tab. There is a button at the top of the tab with a recycling icon on it. Click on this button to purge any unused components in your model.

You can check out this tutorial if you need help importing components into the Sketchup web app.

reduce Sketchup file size with web app

Trying to work with a large file can be frustrating, but with these easy steps you’ll be able to reduce your file size and speed up your work time! What other Sketchup tips do you want to learn? Let us know in the comments!

Happy Hacking!

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  9. RJennings April 28, 2018 at 6:12 pm #

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  10. Scott March 22, 2018 at 1:50 pm #

    Taking this test on Saturday. Last 4.0 exam to complete for the trio, then on to 5.0. This site is my go-to place when organizing what materials I’ll be studying

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  18. Tony August 30, 2017 at 7:07 am #

    In the NCARB ARE 5.0 handbook they reference Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods in both of their example questions for cost estimating. Unfortunately there isn’t a specific chapter on cost estimating, it’s woven throughout the content.

  19. Spencer August 30, 2017 at 1:15 am #

    What is the best reference for cost estimating for PDD.

  20. Amy July 26, 2017 at 3:24 pm #

    Thanks! Great advice

  21. Tony June 29, 2017 at 7:23 am #

    Deciduous trees should only be used for shade (especially in temperate climates). Deciduous trees lose their leaves in the fall and will have little protection against wind in the winter when it is most needed. Likewise, the leafless trees allow solar heat gain in the winter when it is desired, and shade in the summer.

    Coniferous trees are only to be used to block wind and views. Since they don’t lose their needles, they work great for these two items year-round.

  22. Shahid Logan June 28, 2017 at 4:50 pm #

    Hello. My name is Shahid. This comment is for anyone who would like to reply. On the Siteplanning test. To block the wind, can you use a Deciduous tree or must you use a Coniferous tree?

  23. Mike January 4, 2017 at 11:04 am #

    Hi Tony,

    I need to take 5.0 PPD & PDD. Do you plan on posting notes such as “Caroline’s Notes” that you had posted for the various 4.0 exams for either of those sections? I found those notes to be some of the best resources in studying for the 4.0 sections. If so any idea when? Thanks

  24. Stephen October 17, 2016 at 9:30 pm #

    Hi Tony,
    Any updates on the SS exam ? If there’s an expected release date ? Thanks

  25. DesignerHacks October 4, 2016 at 12:11 pm #

    Paige,

    We are releasing practice exams for the SS exam later this fall.

    Best,
    Tony

  26. Paige October 4, 2016 at 11:34 am #

    Will you have SS questions on here at some point?

  27. Daniel September 9, 2016 at 8:47 am #

    Great post, very helpful with the lists of suggested materials, I just passed CDs in July and am taking PPP in November so I definitely needed the list.

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