Importing style file

I am trying to import a style I created in SU Model A into SU Model B.

I saved the style from Model A in Library > Application Support > Sketchup 2017 > Sketchup > Styles. In Model B, in the Styles window I choose “Open an existing collection” and navigate to the correct folder. I can see the style I created (named: but the file name appears ‘greyed out’ and I cannot open it.

Why would this happen? Why is the file greyed out and unusable? Both models were created in SU2017

MacbookPro OS 10.12.6
2.6 GHz Intel Core i7
16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3
NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M 2048 MB, Intel Iris Pro 1536 MB

How did you go about saving the style from model A into that folder? Can you share model A with the style or at least the style file?

Hi Dave;

In the Style window of model A, I controlled clicked on the style I wanted to save and chose “Save As” and save it to Library > Application Support > Sketchup 2017 > Sketchup > Styles.

I am attaching the style file to this email.

Marc (4.04 KB)

Hang tight. I’m taking a look.

I think you missed a step in creating the style in the first place. It shows in the Styles folder as Landscape Architecture Style3 instead of your chosen name. Also you need to be selecting a folder containing the style when trying to access the style with Open or Create…

Make sure you update the style after changing its name and before saving it. You can do this by clicking on the large thumbnail icon at the top of the Styles window or by clicking the Update button (circular arrows) near the top right of the window.

Try the following steps to save it correctly.

  • Open “Model A” and go to the Styles window.

  • Set it to display the In Model style(s). You should see something like this:

  • Click on the button in the upper right corner of the Styles window. It has a black downward pointing arrow and a white + symbol. This will open the secondary pane.

Set the secondary pane to the desired library folder in the drop down window. You should see something like this:

  • Click on the mpk1 style icon in the In Model pane and drag it to the secondary pane like this:


  • Then open Model B and you should be able to go to that library and use the style.

If that doesn’t work, upload your Model A skp file or send it to me privately so I can take a look at it with your style applied.

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you can not select a file with open or create collection, just folders…

if you open or create, you are probably directed to the folder itself, so you would need to go ‘up’ (Cmd + )

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Thank you Mike.

Very helpful.


Thank you Dave;

I was able to import the style into Model B

However, I do not see in which folder in my computer all the SU styles are to be found.


It depends upon where you put the style file. The ones shipped with Sketchup are in the system’s Application Support directory but I don’t think that’s the best place for your custom styles. I create folders in User/Library/Application Support/SketchUp… That way the y aren’t at risk of being lost if I ever need to uninstall/reinstall SketchUp. It also makes it dead easy to transfer only my custom styles to the next version when I upgrade since I only have to copy the folders to the new User application support directory.

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