How to Snap in Sketchup Tutorial

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Hey designers! In this tutorial, we’re going to go over how to snap in Sketchup. No, not like Snapchat. Snaps refer to points that you can lock to when drawing a line. For example, you can lock to the origin or a certain axis. You can also snap to endpoints or midpoints to ensure that your lines intersect at the correct point. This is definitely a useful tool to make sure that the shapes you draw are in the same plane. If you haven’t used the snap tool already, be sure to check out this tutorial to see how helpful it can be!

Snap in Sketchup to Things You Have Drawn

To start off, let’s go over the basics of what snapping means and a few different ways you can achieve this. First, open up Sketchup and go ahead and delete the scale figure. Press “L” to open the line tool. If you move your cursor over the origin, you will see a small circle appear. This indicates a point you can snap to. In other words, you will be able to draw another line that locks on to this point. You can snap onto endpoints, midpoints, and the center of circles.

  • Endpoints. To snap to an endpoint, simply draw a line. Then, open the line tool again and move your cursor to the end of the first line you drew. A small circle will appear if you hover over the end of the line. Click, and it will allow you to snap to the endpoint.
snap in Sketchup to endpoints
  • Midpoints. Similarly, you can also snap lines to the midpoint of other lines. Open the line tool and draw a line. Hover over the center of the line and a small blue circle will appear. This circle will allow you to snap to the midpoint.
snap in Sketchup to midpoints
  • Center. You can also snap lines to the center of circles. Simply draw a circle and hover over the center of the circle to find the center point.
snap in Sketchup to center

Snap in Sketchup to a Grid

Window > Model Info > Units. Open the model info window by navigating to the “window” and selecting “model info” from the dropdown menu. Under the “units” tab you can adjust the length snapping to create a grid.

In the “precision” dropdown, change the measurement to “0 inches” (or whatever increment is appropriate for your case). Make sure “enable length snapping” is checked. Then, type “1 foot” into the length snapping box.

snap in Sketchup model info

Now, if you open the line tool and hover along the red axis you will notice the length in the lower right corner increases by 1-foot increments. The difference between using a grid in Sketchup instead of another program is that it doesn’t set up a 3-dimensional grid throughout the model. For example, if you begin drawing a line in the middle of the model the distance from the origin may not be in 1-foot increments. However, once you start drawing the line, you will only be able to snap to 1 foot increments.

snap in Sketchup to grid

If you found this tutorial on how to snap in Sketchup helpful or you want to learn more tips, be sure to check out all of our tutorials here!

Happy Hacking!


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

    Thank you for this website. The practice questions are helpful.

  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

  11. shozab January 30, 2018 at 2:22 pm #

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  15. tylerstockholm December 17, 2017 at 9:37 pm #

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  16. Aartiwalvekar November 21, 2017 at 8:56 am #

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  17. Aartiwalvekar October 9, 2017 at 9:45 pm #

    Great post!

  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 #


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


  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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