Section cuts not showing up in scenes in sketch up

i have a section cut set up and turned, but when i save a new scene, the section does not show up
i have toggled it off and on again and updated the scene also on the tab at the top of the page and also from within the scene manager marking “active Section planes” - but still no joy!

any advice?

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The Style used in the Scene-tab must be set to show Section Cuts too ?

Tig. are you asking or telling?

i dont see where to set it in the scene tab to show sections!

i toggle on the “display section cuts” icon when i save the scene but when i then scroll through the scene tabs the section is turned off again!!

No it’s NOT the Scene-tab settings, BUT rather it’s the Style used by that Scene-tab.
Open the Styles dialog, find the current Style used in a Scene-tab, and Edit its Modelling sub-section, apply the changes…

When you update the Scene-tab make sure it’s updating the Style too…
Check in the Scenes dialog if necessary

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The Style that is saved with a Scene ultimately controls how the model is rendered in that Scene.
However, the way an active model is rendered onscreen is contingent upon two factors…
…the active Style and any temporary unsaved changes one may have made to that Style.

When a Scene is created the only Style properties that are saved are those of the active Style.
Any unsaved changes one has made to the active Style are not saved with the Scene.

Creating a Scene is not WYSIWYG unless the active Style is updated first, thereby incorporating any unsaved changes you have made to the active Style.

Like TIG suggests, before creating a Scene; consult the Styles Browser.
If unsaved changes have been made to the active Style you’ll see update arrows superimposed upon the style thumbnail image.

When saving Layers, Section Planes and Styles in your Scenes it’s best to create Scenes using the Scene Manager (expanded) rather than View > Animation menu or Scene Tab > Context Menu.
Keep the Styles Browser and Layers Manager open so you’re aware and in control of what’s being saved with the Scene.

@ TIG and Geo, Thankyou for your help. Thanks to you i have solved the problem


I found I had to create two different Styles, one that showed section cuts and one that didn’t, just to have different scenes for floorplans and for exteriors (when I don’t want section cuts showing). Once I positioned my three section cuts (for the three different floors) and updated the scenes to reflect which section cut should be active for each one, I went through each floorplan’s scene and switched each Scene’s Style to one which showed section cuts, but not section planes, which aren’t attractive and grey out parts of the model.
Once I had the floorplan parts done, then I could create a style for the outside shots, and saved all of those scenes to that Style, which shows neither section plane nor section cut. It’s good to save custom styles and name them things like “Shows Cuts” and “Doesn’t Show Cuts” so that you can select them easily from the my “In Model” scene selector.
The result was a cool animation! The two styles meant that transitioning scenes didn’t activate a section cut too early and cut through the building on the way to the next scene. If that isn’t an issue, than having two scenes probably isn’t necessary, but this shows that in some situations it can help.


Thanks all. Old post but still relevant as I was curious myself how to do this and just did real fast using two section cuts on two layers, each saved on or off in two scenes.

See animation which helps because it’s a bit tricky to visualize when reading the descriptions.