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Can’t move objects from one layer to another in Sketchup?

Well, you’re not the only one – neither can I.

I tried moving this wall from the Garden Layer to the Ground Floor layer – but when I tried hiding the first layer, the shape still disappeared. As you can see here, it’s the same dark brown as everything else in the Garden layer. But it’s selected, and the info pane for the selected object shows that it’s definitely in the Ground Floor layer.

I’ve also tried copying in one layer, and pasting in the other… also no help. And a few other tricks besides.

However, it’s not impossible – I did successfully move another shape in another layer. It appears to affect just a certain source layer – once it has a hold of those objects, it just won’t let go. Given this is Sketchup 7.1.6087, the latest version, I guess I’ll have to wait for a bugfix.

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  1. Jim
    January 25, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Not only do the Groups have a Layer, but each entity inside the Group can have its own Layer. You probably moved the Group to another Layer, but the entities in the Group are still on a different Layer.

    Move all the Group’s entities to Layer0, then move the Group to the target Layer.

  2. Goran
    February 26, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    Nope, there is no way you could move objects from one layer to another. It’s a BUG, don’t pay for full version, my friend bought it, it’s useless.
    Sketchup utilises only one core of the processor, this software was outdated before it was released.

  3. April 22, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    It does seem to be a bug but there is a workaround. You have to move your group or component to Layer 0 and then move it to a different layer. Since they haven’t fixed this I am guessing it isn’t a particularly easy software fix.

    Right click on your group/component and select Entity Info, then move your group/component to Layer 0. Exit the Entity Info window. Go ahead and try it, make Layer 0 invisible and your item will go away. Now, right click on the item again and change the layer to whatever layer you want.

  4. February 20, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    I couldn’t work out this problem for AGES, but eventually went into the group and checked each of the objects within a group, and sure enough, the individual objects were still assigned to the previous layer. I reassigned each one to the target layer, closed the group, hid the previous layer and hey presto, it worked! So simple but it just didn’t occur to me.

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