Forbidden symbol in tools


#1

Some tools include a “forbidden symbol” (circle with a diagonal bar) and can’t be used. How do I eliminate the symbol so the tool is usable?


#2

What tools? Can you show us a screen shot?


#3

I am trying to use the Follow Me tool to make a toe kick in a cabinet.


#4

Your image doesn’t show it, so far as I can see (screen capture probably lost the cursor), but many tools change the cursor to the circle with a slash when the object under the cursor isn’t a candidate for the tool’s operation. For example, a face inside a component or group isn’t eligible for pushpull or followme unless that component is open for edit.


#5

I expect the cabinet is a group or component and you haven’t got a path in the same context as the rectangle you’re trying to extrude. You probably need to open the cabinet component/group for editing and draw the rectangle inside on the face. If you share the SKP file we can tell you for sure.


#6

Yes, the cabinets are grouped. I draw a rectangle to use with the Follow me tool, but I can’t proceed without un-grouping the cabinets. The tutorial doesn’t indicate to explode the group. Any ideas?


#7

I don’t know what tutorial you are referring to, but you might need to double click the cabinet to edit the group before drawing the rectangle.


#8

You are right.
Thank you


#9

No need to ungroup. You just need to open the group for editing. Double click with Select or right click and choose Edit Group.


#10

It worked. Disappointed with the Tutorial that I purchased when got the program online.

Thanks again !


#11

What tutorial are you referring to?


#12

sketchuptrainer.com


#13

So they didn’t show opening the group before adding the rectangle for the toe kick profile?


#14

Nope, they just draw the rectangle on the cabinet surface.
I am new to SketchUp, but I have more than twenty years practicing Auto Cad (I am an architect)… so I don’t get too frustrated. I have always learned more from those like yourself who practice more than manuals or tutorials.
Thanks again