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Creating Panel Trays

If you use LayOut for Microsoft Windows, you can create panel trays for the panels you use most often, or to keep the panels you need for different workflows organized and ready in a single click.

To create a custom panel tray, follow these steps:

  1. From the menu bar, select Window > New Tray. The Add Tray dialog box appears.
  2. In the Tray Name field, type a name for the tray, such as Adding Shapes for a tray that holds all the panels you use to add shapes to a document.
  3. Select the checkbox next to each panel that you want to include in the tray, as shown in the figure.
  4. When you’re done, click the Add button. The name of your new tray appears on the Window menu.
The Add Tray dialog box

Tip: After you create more than one tray, here are a few tips for working with your trays:
  • Switch among the open trays by clicking the tab for your desired tray at the bottom of the panel tray, as shown in the following figure.
  • Rename a tray by selecting Window > Tray Name > Rename Tray from the menu bar. Type a new name in the Name box and click the Rename button.
  • Delete a tray by selecting Window > Tray Name > Delete Tray. Your tray is deleted instantly, so make sure that’s what you really want to do.
In LayOut for Microsoft Windows, select a tray tab to switch among open panel trays.

For an introduction to displaying and hiding trays and more, see Introducing the LayOut Interface.

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