Join Paul J. Smith for an in-depth discussion in this video Customizing the toolbars, part of SketchUp for Architecture: LayOut.
- So we're in CH06-02, and we're gonna customize the toolbar ever so slightly. To customize the toolbar, you can right-click any of the icons and go down to Customize. Also, if you're using Windows, you get this option, which allows you to add or remove buttons, and then you can scroll over to Customize. This gives you a standard customization dialogue box. In the Mac, you get a similar arrangement to that of SketchUp where you can just drag icons onto the existing toolbars. In Windows, however, you get the option to create a new toolbar, so if I wanted to create a new toolbar, then I could change the name of this and decide where I wanted it docked.
I'm not going to do that, but if you wanted to do that, you could. We'll go to Commands. Now, under the Categories, it's gonna filter some of these commands into their various categories, but if we just go to All Commands, we can see all the potential options we have to add to our toolbars. I'll flip to Arrange, because some of the useful ones really are these ones. Grid Snap Off and Object Snap On, there, buried in the Arrange menu.
So these are useful to have, so to add those to our toolbar, just click and drag and then make sure you see that cursor. And you can move them where ever you want. I'll add that there, and Object Snap Off before it. Some of the other ones that are pretty useful are these ones, the Bring to Front, Bring to Back, because we'll do quite a bit of ordering of objects in LayOut. So, again I'm just gonna add these two, and then these two.
The Flip is quite useful as well, so I'm gonna add that in. And the Align, another one I'm going to add in. And I can close that down. Obviously, you can carry on going as long as you want, but these ones will be fine. The one I don't really want, I don't want this Screen Presentation, it's just taking up a bit of space. So I'll just right-click, Customize, and then drag this off to remove it, and then close that down.
So that's the toolbar adjusted. If I wanted to change some keyboard shortcuts, then I've got two ways to do that. Again if I right-click, and Customize, and go to Keyboard. So this brings up the Customize Keyboard option. Now unfortunately, if I specifically wanted to add a keyboard shortcut for Arrange, now LayOut doesn't allow me to put in my own keyboard combination. It gives me a list of potential options, but not one that I can create myself. You can however, if I just close that down, and close this down.
So, Edit, and Preferences. On a Mac, it's the Layout and Preferences. And then, under Shortcuts, find one that doesn't have any keyboard assigned to it. I wanted to put in my own specific keyboard shortcut, then I could throw the combination of keys down where I wanted. So say Shift-Control-Alt-D was the one I wanted for whatever reason, then that would be the one that would be assigned. So that's a little bit about customization. Those are the places where you can find the customization options.
You don't need to do too much. You'll probably find that as you go along, they'll be bits that you think, "Oh, that would be useful if I had," and those are the places where you can look to configure the customization option in LayOut. It's not a huge package with millions of commands buried deep within menus. Everything's very accessible in this program. But if you do like using keyboard shortcuts, then you might want to configure to suit yourself.
AuthorPaul J. Smith
- Creating a template watermark
- Mixing and saving styles
- Adding and updating scenes
- Aligning and animating scenes
- Adding and animating sections
- Creating views
- Customizing layout preferences and document setup
- Working with references in LayOut
- Building a template
- Working with site plans
- Coordinating plans and elevations
- Adding text, dimensions, and title blocks
- Building a scrapbook
Skill Level Intermediate
SketchUp 2013 Essential Trainingwith George Maestri2h 16m Beginner
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2. All About Styles
3. All About Scenes
4. All About Sections
5. Creating the Views for Layout
6. Into LayOut
7. Creating the Template
8. Site Plans
9. Floor Plans and Elevations
10. Coordinating Plans and Elevations
12. The Amazing Scrapbook
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