SU style files in SU17

I am trying to understand how SU stores style files.

I wanted to import a new one and supposed the way to do that would be to put in the Style folder under SU via Application Support. That worked fine, although I could not then see the style appearing within SU anywhere. Someone wrote somewhere tat you have to close and re-open SU - really?

A bigger puzzle is that SU comes pre-loaded with a huge range of styles, none of which seem to be in the style folder, which was empty before I put my new one in it. That confuses me. Can anyone help me understand how it works?

Simon, the styles included with SketchUp are stored in a different directory than the one in User/Library/Application Support… That’s why you don’t see them there. Just leave their folders alone. These aren’t the folders you are looking for. As for your own or download new styles, if you’ve put them into your User/Library/Application Support/… folder, go to the Styles window and open the Details menu. It’s the black button with the arrow pointing to the right just to the right of the drop down list window. Click on Add Collection to Favorites… Navigate to the the directory. Select the folder and choose Open.


I am doing something wrong again! When I open the styles dialog box, it looks like this:

If I click the topmost right pointing arrow, “Add collection to favourites” is greyed out. It is not greyed out for the bottom arrow, but clicking that doesn’t seem to make any change. I certainly am not offered the chance to navigate to any folder.


sorry, I was writing first thing this morning and double checked on my PC to make sure I was using the right terms. I didn’t check the operation on the Mac. So instead, use Open or Create from the Details menu to select the folder. then, when you have the new Styles folder open, click on Add to favorites.

Ah yes, I remember trying that before. The problem is that it is all under sevans/Library/etc. which I can navigate to in Finder normally despite it being grey (so I can get styles INTO the folder OK). But when you go through the SU system, it does not appear. This is obviously a Mac issue, trying to prevent you mucking around with things you shouldn’t!

they need to be in a sub-folder to show up in SU…

e.g. Styles >> Pencils >>


John beat me to it.

Oh, right. Should that have been obvious? Doesn’t seem all that obvious to me. Anyway, if it works… Thanks.

I have a collection of styles called “sketchup Styles” These are styles that I modified or created and saved. They show up under favorites, but I cannot find them. I thought in 16 they were in ~/library/application support/sketchup 2016/sketchup/styles. But now that I am using 2017, that folder is no longer there, (was it ever there) and the collection is not in the equivalent location for 2017. I still have access to them, meaning I can see and use them in SU, but I want to save more styles to the same location, and can’t find them.

I would like to have all of my customized styles in the same place.

Can you help?

First, what do you get if you use Finder to search your computer for *.style files? That should help you sort out where they are.

Did you uninstall SU2016 and all your custom stuff from user/library/application support/…?

Have you seen this, Su17 release notes. ( We => They) :slight_smile: Standardized Product Content Locations
We have standardized where product content, stuff like collections of components, materials and styles are stored on the file system.
On Windows, we moved the default content that comes with SketchUp (Components, Materials and Styles) out of the Program Files directory and placed them in the ProgramData directory. And on both Windows and Mac, we created Components, Materials, Styles and Templates folders for your user related content. By default, these folders are in the following locations:
Windows: C:\Users<username>\AppData\Roaming\SketchUp\SketchUp 2017\SketchUp
Mac: Users//Library/Application Support/SketchUp 2017/SketchUp/
Note that if you store your content in these folders, it will show up in the Components, Materials and Styles browsers without you having to do anything and your templates will show up on the Templates pane as well. Additionally, users no longer require special privileges in order to modify the contents of these folders.
We have made it easier for you to access your content by adding new functionality to the Preferences > Files pane on Windows and we added this Preferences pane on the Mac. Simply click the Open in Explorer/Finder buttons to access your content vs. having to remember the folder locations listed above.

Thanks, that is great and that is exactly where any new saved styles go. The question is where are the styles I created in SU16? They still exist, because I can access them while I am using SU 17, but they did not get moved to this new location, and I can’t find them. They show up in favorites, but I want to move all the ones I still use to the new location and delete the ones I no longer use.

I know I could make each active in a current SU file and then save them one at a time. Then they would end up in the new location. But I really like to know where the stuff is stored on my machine. It is the one thing I don’t like about Apple. They are always trying to hide things from users like me.

Any idea where the files for these older styles are stored?

When I used finder to search, *.style I get nothing. Sort of odd, no?

I did not uninstall 2016 I have ~/library/application support/sketchup 2016 still on my computer and ~/library/application support/sketchup 2017 as well.

The files I want to find are located under favorites “sketchup Styles” where my crude arrow points.

In the Styles window’s secondary selection pane, if you click the little menu/right arrow icon, choose “Open an existing collection…” and then select the one of interest, SU will open a Finder dialog navigated to the location of those styles.