How can I activate a layer in SU 2019?


How can I activate a layer in SU2019 on a mac, that the next model I will draw remains to this layer? There is no checkbox and every new surface or model is on Layer0

Sketchup 2019 Layers Tray - Allow more customizability for ease of use

Everything should be drawn on Layer0, the changes to the format of the layer dialog in 2019 are to help people realise that SU layers are not Cad layers.

Have read here about how SU layers work.


Thats not right. Since 20 years I use Sketchup, everything I draw was on the layer I checked until I activate another layer.


Ok I’m wrong then.


There is no checkbox anymore.



It is moved to the right, should be there, try dragging the width of the panel


Oh my god, I’m so blind, thank you Mike, thats it.


I’d still recommend you read the link I gave you, carefully.
You should also be marking @MikeWayzovski’s post as the solution, not your own.




Also, doing something one way for 20 years doesn’t mean you are doing it the right way.


Notice that you now can order by Layer, as well:

The new order of visibility and the advice that @box is giving is merely meant to prevent new users to use the Layers as other CAD-software.
An old-timer like you

would have figured that out, by now!

That makes users like me and @box, newbies!


Applying layers directly to individual edges and faces is dangerous, as you risk silent accidental merging. If you move one object that sticks to a hidden object, that hidden object will be morphed.

The general recommendation is to always have Layer0 on edges and faces, and apply other layers to groups and components containing them. This is safer as groups and components are drawing contexts (what layers are in most other programs) and prevent sticking between them.


You are absolute right, I already have these experiences. That’s why I always watch what comes on what layer. When I have to draw a couple of models for layer 1, I activate layer 1 and I am drawing the models. If you work with a program for a long time, you are not thinking about other ways of working. Maybe I should do that.


If it has worked for 20 years, was he doing it wrong the whole time, then?

How dangerous? Life-saving?

It should save you a bunch of time, not chasing active layers all the time!


That does make you an old timer. Especially since SketchUp hasn’t been around for 20 years.


ok, 19 years, since 2000


mmm, do we have to take in account months and days, too?


Very first version of SketchUp?


For maybe a century factories looked like this with moving belt you could tangle your hair and cloths into. Just because it’s been done a long time doesn’t make it the optimal way.


Yes, I have my own business since 1998 and soon switched from Alias ​​Upfront to Sketchup from @Last.