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Using the Component Browser

Importing a component into your project from the component browser has the same effect as importing a SketchUp model using the File > Import command. To open the component browser (Figure 4.4), choose Components from the Window menu.

Figure 4.4

Figure 4.4 The component browser.

You can use the component browser to import models stored locally on your computer's hard drive or network file server. By default, the component browser's Navigation menu display-icon.jpg displays a drop-down list of all component folders located on your local hard drive within the Components directory (Figure 4.5).

Figure 4.5

Figure 4.5 The component browser Navigation menu.

It's handy to store components you know you'll use often in the Components directory within SketchUp, so they'll be right in the Navigation menu's Favorites section. The Components directory is located here:

  • On a Mac: Your Hard Drive/Library/Application Support/Google SketchUp 7/SketchUp/Components
  • On a Windows PC: C:\Program Files\Google\Google SketchUp 7\Components

If you have SketchUp models in folders in other locations, you can open those by choosing "Open a local collection" from the component browser's Details menu details-menu.jpg. SketchUp will add the folder to the Favorites list in the Navigation menu display-icon.jpg.

Once you've located the model(s) you'd like to import, click the icon, drag the model into the drawing window, and then click again to set the model in place.

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