Selection Toys
Allows the user to create, manipulate and filter selections.
Selection Toys

Provides a wide range of selection modifiers, filter out all edges, faces etc. Let you quickly select entities with similar properties such as material, layer orientation etc. Also let you select similar instances of the same Dynamic Component.


Select Edge Loops — (1.14.0)

Access: Tools -> Selection Toys -> Select Edge Loop

This select tool will pick out the loops of a face. Using the normal Select modifier keys you can add/remove/toggle their selection. Loops are either the bounding edges of a face or a hole in a face.


Select Instances - Selects all the instances of the selected component.

Select Active Components - Selects all the instances in the current work space. Excludes everything that's nested inside other components etc.

Select Active from same Layer - Selects all the instances in the current work space of the selected component which is on the same layer.

Select All from same Layer - Selects all the instances of the selected component which is on the same layer.

Dynamic Components

Same methods as for Components, except that it allows you to select by DC family type. Commands located under 'DC Instances' submenu.


When you make a copy of a group without modifying it SketchUp keeps a track of each these group items that's similar. You can see the Entity Info give you a number of how many copies there are.

(Commands are located under the submenu 'Copies')

Same selection methods as for Components.

Convert into Components - Converts all the group copies into components. Transformation and materials will be transferred.
Useful for when you have a model where groups where used instead of components.


Select Quad-face Loop - Select one edge and the connected faces and lines going in either direction from that edge will be selected as long as the faces have four edges.

More or less than four edges and the selecting stops at that point.


  • Select Connected Perpendicular Faces
  • Select Connected Parallel Faces
  • Select Connected Coplanar Faces
  • Connected Faces by Angle
  • Connected Faces by Area
  • Select Perpendicular Faces
  • Select Faces in Same Direction
  • Select Parallel Faces
  • Select Opposite Face
  • Select Faces by Area


  • Select Connected By Material
  • Select Connected By Back Material
  • Select Connected By Layer


All on Selected Layers - Select all the entities in the model that are on the same layer as the selected entities.

Active on Selected Layers - Select all the entities in the active context that are on the same layer as the selected entities.

Selection Modifier

Selection Submenu - Currently there's two kinds of modifiers. One filters out the type of entity you want. The other deselects the entity you specify.

You can filter/deselect these kind of entities: Edges, Faces, Groups, Components, Guides, Construction Points, Text, Images, Section Planes, Curves, Arcs, Circles, Polygons, nGons, 3D Polylines, Linear Dimension, Radial Dimension, Front Default Material, Back Default Material, Hidden, Soft, Smooth

Other filtering options are filtering entities with default materials, by their layers.

Tip: Assign keyboard shortcuts for these commands for quick selection modification. For instance; Ctrl+1 to Ctrl+9 for the filters and Shift+1 to Shift+9 for the deselectors. Very handy.

Known Issues

  • Ghost selections appear when selecting all groups/instances and some of them are nested inside other groups or components. (Fixed in Sketchup 7.1.)
  • Convert Groups to Components doesn't transfer glued_to and attributes.

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Selection Toys (2.4.0); Julio 22, 2017
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