Navigating the Home Screen

After you install SketchUp Viewer, you’re ready to launch the application and start viewing models. To help orient you to the SketchUp Viewer application, this article offers a tour of your home base in the interface, the Home Screen.

When you launch SketchUp Viewer, the Home Screen defaults to the Saved Models tab, as shown in the following figure.

The following sections walk through the key areas of the Home Screen.

Table of Contents
  1. Moving the Cursor and Selecting Items
  2. Touring the Home Screen
  3. Adjusting the Interface
  4. Closing SketchUp Viewer

Moving the Cursor and Selecting Items

The cursor is a little red dot (shown in the following figure) that follows your controller. Here are some tips for moving the cursor and selecting items:

  • To move the cursor, move the controller. In your VR scene, your controller is visible to help you guide it.
  • To select an item in the Home Screen, press the controller trigger.

Touring the Home Screen

The Home icon () displays the models saved locally to the application. Here’s what you need to know about this area:

  • Open an item by selecting its image or title.
  • View information about an item by selecting its Information icon () .
  • If you’ve organized models into a folder or collection, a number in a gray badge at the top of the thumbnail indicates how many items the folder or collection contains.
  • To scroll through a long list of models, click the up or down arrow on the right. You can also click the top or bottom of the trackpad to scroll up or down.

The Home Screen also has the following features:

  • Main Menu: Select the Main Menu icon () in the upper left to see options, including Sign Out, checking the SketchUp Viewer version, legal information, and support.
  • Saved Models: Select the Home icon () to open the Saved Models tab. There you’ll find models stored locally in the app, alongside any models you have uploaded to 3D Warehouse.
  • 3D Warehouse: Select the 3D Warehouse icon () to search 3D Warehouse for models and collections.
  • Trimble Connect: Select the Trimble Connect icon () to view the contents of your Trimble Connect account.
  • Collaboration: Select the Collaboration icon () to join or create a collaboration room for yourself and other SketchUp Viewer users. See Collaborating within a Model for details.
  • Search: Click the Search icon (), and an on-screen keyboard appears, where you can enter the name of the item that you’re looking for. When the Saved Models tab is open, you search your local models; when you’re on the 3D Warehouse tab, you search 3D Warehouse. As you type, the list of search results automatically updates. To close the keyboard, click the Enter key. To close the Search feature, click the X button next to the Search bar, and your models are no longer filtered based on your search terms.
  • List: When models and collections are displayed as thumbnails (as they are in the previous figure), click the List icon () to switch to a list view. The List icon turns into a Thumbnail icon (), and you click the Thumbnail icon to return to a thumbnail view of the models.
  • Sort Order: When results are displayed, click the Sort icon () to choose the order in which you would like to see the items displayed.
  • Filter: When results are displayed, click the Filter icon () to see a list of applicable filters.
  • Folders: Click the Folder icon () to browse local files.

Adjusting the Interface

When you are viewing the Home Screen, you can use these icons at the top to adjust the window:

  • Transform: Click the Transform icon (), and handles appear on the four corners of the window. Click and drag these green square-shaped handles to resize the window.
  • Pin: By default, the window is attached to your controller. When you click the Pin icon (), you can pin the window somewhere handy in your virtual environment. The window will stay pinned on this surface until you close it or pin it elsewhere.
Tip: You also see the Transform and Pin icons on the Model Viewer toolbar when you’re viewing a model in Tabletop or Immersive view. The icons enable you to customize the toolbar in the same way you can customize the window. The following figure shows the Model Viewer toolbar being resized.

Closing SketchUp Viewer

At the top of the Home Screen, a Close icon appears in the upper left. When you click the Close icon, the application asks you to confirm that you want to close it, as shown in the following figure.