Opening more files at a time

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#1

Hi, is there anyway to have SU open more than 1 file at a time?
Thanks


#2

Yes. Just open additional files. What operating system and what version of SketchUp are you using? Your profile is incomplete.


#3

Windows 8.1, SU 2017.
If I open a new file or create a new one, the currently open file closes…I mean, I cannot have several opened file windows at once
Regards


#4

How are you trying to open the second file?


#5

Perhaps the first file that was opened is not actually closed, but it’s viewport window becomes obscured by the viewport window containing the second file to be opened?


#6

Are you opening the file by double clocking it in explorer rather than using File>Open in the existing window.


#7

The Windows version of SketchUp can only open one file at a time, but to open multiple files simultaneously you can open multiple instances of the application.


#8

Ah, ha! Ok…I was using File > Open by the way
Thanks
Antonio


#9

On a MAC you have one instance of a particular version of SketchUp running at any one time.
You can open multiple SKP files using a file-browser, or by double-clicking on a SKP’s icon…

On a PC every open SKP file runs its own instance of SketchUp.
So if you open a SKP from a Windows Explorer browser, and then SketchUp opens with that file, then you open another SKP file from that same SketchUp instance, then the currently opened SKP is closed [perhaps with a prompt to save] and that newly selected SKP file becomes the only open SKP.
BUT, if you have a SKP opened in SketchUp, and you use Windows Explorer to find and open another SKP, then that SKP opens in a new version of SketchUp, and the current SKP also stays open…
So you can have multiple SKP files open on a PC, BUT you must run them using Windows Explorer NOT from within SketchUp itself…


#10

Ok, then…now I see, because just a few minutes ago I realized that I had 2 files opened simultaneosly and couldn’t understand how if before I couldn’t.
Many thanks


#11

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