Can no longer create new tags from Entity Info in 2021.1 on Mac

This little loss is such a bummer, please oh please bring this ability back. I don’t see how this “solves” any incorrect tag usage, users are still allowed to change the active tag which is much more at the root of that problem. Nor do I see the value in achieving cross platform UI consistency by removing extra features that are only available on one platform. Why pursue consistency via the lowest common denominator?

Apologies if I seem heated, this is a big loss of efficiency for me. I am very accustomed using this workflow. Making a component, give it a name and then in entity info one can simply copy paste that name from one field to the next to make a well organized file with components and tags all uniformly named in which the outliner and the tags structure all have common titles. Having to now go to the tags window, retype, then return to the entity info to reassign is many more steps.

If you are considering replacements, please make it do this, just as efficiently.



I haven’t fully tested this but if it eliminates the annoying problem you had when you thought you had named a tag, then went to use a shortcut, and then found you had a tag named “w” (say) by mistake, then it gets my vote. I have a feeling it was more of a Mac problem, but I still found it super annoying.

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It was simple enough to click once outside the field to avoid this. Plus, if you experienced this accidental shortcut naming of a tag it just indicates that you were using entity info to create new tags in the first place. That is the feature that has been removed. All that was needed was a quick fix to change curser focus out of the input field after pressing return, instead the solution is to remove the feature entirely.


Good to know that an easier way to apply objects to Layers, whoops - Tags!! is coming. Eneroth Layer Painter good example - maybe right-click menu could have ability to add a Tag to an entity.
Soon as you can though - as a Mac user I already miss the Entity Info option. And also as a Mac user, couldn’t care less about Windows commonality :grin:

I might point out that extension to the committee, given that ‘Eneroth’ is a developer at SketchUp now…

I am using a script that @dezmo wrote as a replacement for the lost the entity info functionally. It’s actually an even faster option for me and I’m very pleased with it. Perhaps you should point this one out as well.

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An excellent update! Good job SketchUp team! :upside_down_face:

Why would you take away this highly time-saving and well-working feature before making an (hopefully) even better solution? Is it only to please someone unfamiliar and confused by this feature, who could just read up on- or watch a tutorial to understand it? Should we expect shortcuts to disappear soon too?

I was sure this would have to be a bug, and not a conscious choice when I googled the problem.

It will certainly annoy all of us that understand it and are making use of the efficiency this feature gives on a daily basis, every day till the same thing reappears on an unknown date in the future.

Maybe I’ll have to downgrade to pre-21.1 SketchUp for the foreseeable future.

Sorry for my rant, but I’m quite sad to hit this wall of inefficiency that apparently was consciously created.

PS – great to read that ‘Eneroth’ is on board with the team!



If users make a mistake with the creation of layers from entities info … just a Command + Z (or CTRL + Z) … as before … or improved with the removal of the layer …

Adding my voice to those who thought this was a bug in the update and request the function (or something comparable) restored.

And if cross-platform consistency is a goal, please, please, please offer Mac users an option to use the default tray instead of floating panels so I can see my entire workspace and my panels at the same time without having to shrink my workspace into awkward aspect ratios. Thank you!


I do miss tagging through the entry window as it was a really quick way of naming things, however now that it’s gone, I’ve become more organized. This may only be my case, because my shop drawings are typically the same–they have east, west, north and south, they have cabinets, doors, appliances… all these are repetitive, so after reading this issue here, I think the best solution that I could come up with would be to make a tagged template that would include all the typical tags that I always use.

I hope this will be helpful for other SketchUp users. :slight_smile:

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My models generally have 20 layers or so, and there are different layers for different projects. So the most efficient way till now have been to name every new layer when making the content going on that layer, naming it and creating the layer in one simple action, directly through the entity box.

Now though, I have to create a new layer by clicking the + button in the layers window, name it properly, and then do the same thing as before, by going to the entity window dropdown menu and re-finding the layer I’ve just created there, either by typing or scrolling. It continues to be a real annoyance for me and it is so so much less efficient than before.

I sincerely hope that this brilliant feature reappears at the first possible update for SU :cold_sweat:


Please bring this functionality back. I am not a fan of more mouse clicks.
Thank you.


You’re so right, endlessfix, this is a GREAT script and an even better solution than being able to write a new Tag name directly into Entity Info box. It’s a true timesaver.

Using software correctly you don’t have such problems. Be more careful.

Another reason not to subscribe or update!

There are many differences between platforms.

If you don’t mind me saying so, that is trite. If something makes it easy to cause an error then in my book it is not well designed.

I often design staircases. I could make them with irregular treads, uneven surfaces, etc. I don’t think I would get a lot of sympathy if someone broke their leg and I just told them they should be more careful negotiating stairs!

In this case, my early hope was dashed. The annoying problem persists - for Mac users anyway.

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Yes there are.

I do mind. How insulting. Muted.

Why would you let someone change the text and then not accept the change. Very, very bad change. Can you make this a preference so that those of us that used the functionality can and those that don’t want it can turn it off? I bet no one turns it off.