In SketchUp, you can copy geometry by using
- The Copy and Paste commands
- The Move tool ()
- The Rotate tool ()
When you copy and paste with the Move tool, you can make a single copy or create multiple copies and tell SketchUp how to space them — if you know the secret keystrokes.
Use the Rotate tool when you want one or more copies to circle around a center point, sort of like engineers around a DIY quadcopter kit.
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Copying and pasting geometry
SketchUp's Copy and Paste commands work much like they do in many other programs. Here's how to copy and paste in SketchUp:
- With the Select tool (), select the geometry you want to copy. See Selecting Geometry for tips on making selections.
- Select Edit > Copy from the menu bar. Or press the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+C (Microsoft Windows) or Command+C (macOS).
- Select Edit > Paste from the menu bar. Or press Ctrl+V (Microsoft Windows) or Command+V (macOS). Your cursor changes to a Move tool cursor, and your copied geometry floats around as you move the mouse. In the figure, you see a copy of the copied trapezoid-shaped face about to be placed on the red-green plane.
- Click where you want to place the copied geometry.
Copying and multiplying geometry with the Move tool
The Move tool can copy geometry, too — or make numerous copies — with only a few clicks and keystrokes.
To make copies with the Move tool, follow these steps:
- With the Select tool (), select the geometry you want to copy.
- Select the Move tool () from the toolbar or press M. The cursor changes to a four-way arrow.
- To tell SketchUp that you want to duplicate the selected entities, tap the Ctrl (Microsoft Windows) or Option (macOS) key to toggle Copy functionality. Next to the four-way arrow cursor, a plus sign appears.
- Click the selected entities.
- Move the cursor to copy your selection. A copy of your selection follows the Move cursor as you move it onscreen. In the figure, the fence panel has been copied.
- Click where you want to place your copy. The copied entities are now selected and the original entities are not selected. Alternately, to move your selection a precise distance, you can type a length value, such as 21' or 30m, and then press Enter.
- (Optional) Immediately after placing your copy, create multiple copies or equally spaced copies by typing a value and a multiplier, which appear the Measurements box. The following table outlines your options.
|To Do This||Type This||Example|
|Create multiple copies.||A number and X, or * and a number||Type 7x (or *7) to make 7 copies.|
|Divide the distance between the copy and the original.||A divisor value||Type 5/ (or /5) to create four copies evenly spaced between the original and the first copy.|
Rotating copies around an axis
Whether you want to model Stonehenge or a backyard fire pit, the Rotate tool simplifies the work of placing copies around a center point.
To rotate copies around a center point, follow these steps:
- With the Select tool (), select the geometry you want to copy and rotate.
- Select the Rotate tool () on the toolbar or press Q.
- Click where you want the rotation's center point to be, as shown where the Rotate cursor appears in the figure.
- Click the selection you want to copy and rotate. The following figure shows the inference lines that appear after clicking the rock.
- Tell SketchUp to make copies by tapping the Ctrl key (Microsoft Windows) or the Option key (macOS) to toggle the Copy functionality, this will persist until it's toggled off. A plus sign appears next to the Rotate cursor. (You can actually tell SketchUp to make copies anytime between Steps 3 and 5.)
- Move the cursor to wherever you want to place your rotated copy. As you move the cursor, an inference line shows the angle between your original geometry and the rotated copy, as shown in the figure.
- Click to place your copied geometry.
- (Optional) Type a number and the x, *, or / modifier to create multiple copies around the center point. (See the earlier table for details about what each modifier does.) In the figure, typing 7/ created 7 copies of the rock.