I have just received an architectural plan of a home as a SketchUp file:

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I would like to view the furniture and inner room settings in first floor, but the ceiling and second floor are hiding them.

I have tried removing the elements from the model (as can be seen in the furthest model), but it's tedious, and they can't be restored quickly.

Is there a way to quickly hide all elements above a certain height (for example, 2 meters above the ground level)?


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You can use the section tool to define a section plane. Everything beyond the section cut will be visible and accessible.

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    Could you please elaborate with a step-by-step instructions?
    – Adam Matan
    Commented Nov 4, 2016 at 13:35

Really, this is a planning task. If you want to perform tasks like this you should assign them to distinctive layer collections.

Try creating a series of layers before you do any design work, giving them names that reflect their purpose.

Divide them into sets by giving them prefixes and suffixes. For instance...

  • outer_garden
    • outer_garden_plants
  • outer_paving

  • outer_wall
    • outer_wall_window
    • outer_wall_door

  • inner_wall
    • inner_ground_wall
      • inner_ground_wall_fixture
  • inner_ground_floor
    • inner_ground_floor_fixture
  • inner_ground_ceiling
    • inner_ground_ceiling_fixture

...and so on.

Display of the layers can be turned on and off as needed then.


You can save your walls as a component, and if you apply a section plane WITHIN the component, it will not impact other elements not within the component, allowing you to "turn on plan" and "turn off plan" at will.

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