Control copy

I have been using Sketchup for about 10 years. I always hold control and click to make copies of objects. I just installed Sketchup 2022 yesterday and it requires me to release control to make a copy. This is infuriating. It is total muscle memory over all of these years. Is there a way to revert back to the old way without going to an older version of sketchup? I am pulling my hair out. I hate when they change things that dont need changing.

I’ve been using SketchUp since 2003 and like you, I had developed muscle memory for that. It didn’t take long to change my habits, though. Personally I like the single tap because it makes it easier to add in Shift for locking the move direction while copying.

No way to revert back to the old way except by going back to the older version of SketchUp.

It was changed for good reason. Part of it was to create more consistency between tools. It also allowed the addition of the Stamp mode using two presses of Ctrl.


Thanks for the reply. I guess I will have to get used to it. It is slowing my down greatly at the moment. :slight_smile: I will have to look into stamp mode. Not familiar with that.

What version did they make that change? I was on 2020.

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The change ocurred in SU2021.

Take a deep breath and get back to modeling. the press and release will come easily.

Stamp demo:

Thank you DaveR. Much appreciated!


It was a tough conversion, but so worth it to get the stamp modifier!


Man I am still really struggling with this but starting to catch on. I have to ask a dumb question. Do you press control before you select your line or whatever to copy? And then release? Or select, start to drag and then tap? Haha. My 45 year old brain might explode. A new problem I am having with a current model is that I tap control, I get my new line that I want to copy a certain distance and before I am able to type in the value, the line disappears. No matter what I do it keeps happening. I have experienced this on occasion in the past. Always wondered what causes it and what the fix might be?

You should be able to press Ctrl at any point after you get the Move tool. If you have nothing selected hovering over the entity with the cursor will select it. Alternatively you can pre-select the entity or entities, get Move and press Ctrl. I generally prefer the latter because it is always the same whether I’m selecting one entity or multiples. So the process is make the selection, press M for the Move tool, press Ctrl (and release) for Move/Copy, right click and release to start dragging the copy, click and release to drop the copy, type the distance if that’s required, and for an array, type *n or xn where n is the number of additional copies.

Not sure what you are seeing with your disappearing edge thing. Is it possible you are copying an edge that is displayed as a Profile edge but have Edges set to not be displayed in the style. I saw that in a model I was sent by one of my students recently.

Maybe sharing the .skp will help us help you.

Here is one of the models I am having trouble with. I can open this in 2020 and have no issue. The problem is in 2022. See image. Try to copy those selected lines down 16". When I try, they start and then just deselect and disappear. Not sure what you guys use for screen recording. If you let me know I can make a quick video of the issue.

copy problem.skp (116.2 KB)

You mean like this?
This is in SketchUp 2022.

Try doing it with the face style set to Monochrome so you can actually see what you are doing. Black faces and black edges make it difficult.

I have the same issue in monochrome. How do I do a screen record?

I use LiceCap for screen capture.

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We did have a problem that I thought was fixed, and I can’t make it go wrong with your model. For the old problem, if you copied the lines and typed a distance, and copies didn’t appear, you could type the distance again and then they would appear.

Hmmm. I dont even get to type before the copies disappear. There is a slight pause and then the spinning windows logo next to the select pointer. Let me grap LiceCap and upload a vid… Stand by.

copy problem2

Im going back to 2020. Haha.

Try it in the same order as I showed. Select the edges, get the Move tool, tap Ctrl, then click to start the move and move the copies.

Ugh. Yeah, that works but still goes against everything I have been be programmed to do for the last 10+ years. Seriously just went back to 2020. I have been trying but this is slowing me down way too much.

The method I showed is the way I’ve been doing it for nearly 20 years. It used to be the only way. Never found it to be slower and there’s no risk of deforming the model as there is with your method.

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Yeah I get that. I may have been doing it wrong all of these years but I never had an issue and that is what I am used to. :slight_smile: