Dimension between two surfaces more difficult now


I’ve been using sketchup 8 for a long time. I just got started on 2015 and it seems that the dimension tool has been changed a bit. Instead of letting you grab just any intersection of two lines, it grabs the entire line or shape. This is seems to be making some explicit measurements a lot more difficult.

For example, I’ve made a simple cylinder by extruding a circle. When using the dimension tool to measure the cylinder’s height, the tool locks onto the circular edge of the the top surface instead of grabbing a point on the edge of the circle like it would have done in sketchup 8. How can I measure from a point on the edge of the circle to a point on the opposite circle without doing one of the following:

  1. Drawing a line between the two points you’d like to measure, then dimension that.
  2. Grab the edge of a cylinder (the hidden geometry of the curved surface).


In the case of the cylinder you could try this:



Thanks for the tip!

What shortcut are you using to make the hidden geometry visible?
Is the old way of grabbing any arbitrary point to point dimension gone?


I have “H” shortcut as the toggle for hidden geometry. I think it’s the default.

Well you can explode one of the circles and start the dimension from one of the endpoints.



H appears to be the Hand tool in my setup, that’s an easy fix. I figured that exploding would work. I’ve also found that drawing a short line from a point on the circle will allow me to grab that point quite easily.

I appreciate your help on this.

Completely off topic: Is there an extension or simple tool that you have allows you to make the gif instruction that you used in your first response?


It’s an app called gifcam.




You can also create a screencast using the screenr website and then upload the product to this forum or other web locations.



There is no default for this, but H is a perfect choice since anyone should use the hand tool (standard H shortcut). :wink:


On a good day I can remember a few of my custom shortcuts, never mind the defaults.


Oy … isn’t that the truth!

Plugin: Print Shortcuts aka printkeys.rb by our friend Jim

A simpler one:
shortcutsV2.rb (118 Bytes)