Inserting components

There are a variety of different ways to insert component instances in SketchUp.

Inserting components from Components browser

Pre-defined components are most often inserted from the Components browser into a model. See the 'Components browser' for further information.

Insert a component from an external SketchUp (.skp) file

You can also insert a component from an external SketchUp file. To insert a component from an external SketchUp file:

  1. Select the File > Import menu item. The Open file dialog box appears.
  2. Click the Open button. The cursor changes to the Move tool anchored to the component's insertion point.
  3. Tip: The component axes origin is the default insertion point for a component. Change the location of the component's axes before you insert the component to change the default insertion point.


  4. Move the mouse to the location in the drawing area where you want to place the component.
  5. Click the mouse button again to release the component.

Insert a component from the File Explorer (Microsoft Windows) or the Finder (Mac OS X).

To insert a component from the File Explorer (Microsoft Windows) or the Finder (Mac OS X):

  1. Locate the icon representing the file you want to insert.
  2. Click and hold the mouse button on the icon.
  3. Drag the icon into the drawing area. The cursor changes to the Move tool anchored to the component's insertion point.
  4. Tip: The component axes origin is the default insertion point for a Component. Change the location of the component's axes before you insert the component to change the default insertion point.


  5. Release the mouse button to place the component into your model.