Inspecting and setting coordinates

How can i Inspect a selections XYZ coordinates?
How can i set a selections XYZ coordinates?

I know i can set coordinates by selecting something for movement and typing [X,Y,Z], but maybe there is a better way.
I hope performing theese kind of actions, with ease, dont reqire Pro subscription.

How would you be using this? Provide an example SketchUp file. You can get the coordinates of a point using the Text tool.

As with your previous post I moved this one to the right category for you.

Im not sure how to answer your question.
In general i just want to be able to determine the coordinates of any object im working with, especially where precision is important. Maybe there is a small gap between two points so small its hard to see for example.

From experience such data’s usually located under an Objects Property Tab or something similar.
How can i use Text to determine an object coordinates?

From experience such data’s usually located under an Objects Property Tab or something similar.

Dont know how usefull this is, but here is an example file:

I’d like to determine the coordinates of any of the Objects/ Boxes in the example.

Click on an endpoint with the Text tool. It’ll give you the coordinates of that point.
What are you modeling that makes the coordinates important?

If it’s a loop of edges that have a gap there will be no face created.

You may benefit from an entirely different approach when modeling in SketchUp (of which I’m sure!).

Forget about object coordinates and start thinking in dimensions.

An edge entity has a certain length, just draw it and set its length.
A rectangle has length and width, just draw it and set its dimensions.

Once you have a certain chunk of geometry, (a board, a simple roof, whatever) select it and group it into a group or component, (don’t forget to give it an appropriate name, handy). You now have an object.
You can always change the geometry inside a group or component by entering its context.

You can easily move objects to their proper place by selecting them > grabbing an endpoint, midpoint intersection or whatever suits you best and > move them to their target location, (another endpoint etc. in some meaningful location).

Later, at certain point you will/may think: “what would I be needing these coordinates for? What a waste of time and effort”.

Happy modeling!

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@SirSmokealot I fully agree with @Wo3Dan in this. I guess since you are using SketchUp Free that this is a hobby thing for you. Life’s too short to worry about coordinates in your SketchUp models. Much easier to work with actual dimensions and model relative to other objects in the model space.

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Thanks for your answers!

I want to use SketchUp modelling for Landscaping.
In regards to the context of this post, i would like to plan/ design different constructions like stairs and walls/ support walls.
The precision needed for stairs for example is ±2-3mm for each step, and thats why i would want to easily check coordinates and dimensions.

Also having a programming background, im used to work directly with coordinates and dimensions.

The method of working that you describe might very well work, its just unusual to me.
I have also seen the Measure object that might be a solution for checking positions and dimensions.
Im learning.

@SirSmokealot, if you hover over endpoints with the ‘Tape Measure’ tool it will reveal the coordinates:
Endpoint (in Group / in Component …) X mm Y mm Z mm

The ‘Tape Measure’ tool reveals much more, like edge length, group or component names, face area and coordinates of intersections.

As @Wo3Dan describes you can get coordinates with the Tape Measure tool and you can use the Dimension tool to mark out those dimensions. I gather you are designing the landscaping for your own back garden. Those tools should get you what you need.

I also would like to inspect coordinates. It would allow me to determine how low to place a water tank below a campervan. In particular, I don’t want the bottom of the tank (blue in the attached drawing) to be lower than the bottom of a sway bar (the white bar in the drawing shaped like a U near the rear wheel axel).

I previously posted a question about finding coordinates but I’m having trouble applying the solutions from that thread (using the text tool in particular). It seems SketchUp Web has changed (the toolbar, for example, has changed recently) and the text tool doesn’t work to give coordinates anymore. For example, when I click on the tank or sway bar I don’t see coordinates.
axel.skp (11.5 MB)

The ‘Text’ tool still works the same. It shows the coordinates when clicking on endpoints in their own level. So you may need to enter the group or component to reach them.

The ‘Tape Measure’ tool works on endpoints in all levels, so also on endpoints not in the current drawing context. You just hover over an endpoint to see its coordinates.

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@Wo3Dan you diagnosed my problem perfectly. To use my words, it seems the text tool gives different information depending on whether the object you are clicking on is a group, surface, edge, or point. Once I understood this I just kept double clicking the object until I was able to get the coordinates of the point I was interested in.

I was surprised at how far I had to go within the group and subgroups I had made. Thanks again

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That suggests to me that you may be using too many levels of nesting of groups or components. I rarely need more than parent/child/grandchild (3 levels).

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