Microsoft has added SketchUp 3D graphics (.skp files) to the models inserted into Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
SketchUp is a 3D graphics program where you can create shareable designs such as architectural models and graphics used in industrial design, product design, and civil and mechanical engineering. SketchUp Free is available for everyone.
Adding Sketchup’s .skp format provides a wider range and greater flexibility of models to insert.
3D models aren’t new to Office. There are several Office stock 3D models already available plus some other 3D file formats supports, we have a list below.
Microsoft’s 3D push never got the customer interest that the company was hoping for. Adding Sketchup files opens up many more possibilities.
Previously, you would need to have a SketchUp viewer or similar software to view .skp files. Now they can be inserted into slides, sheets or documents.
Inserting a SketchUp file into Office
We’ll show you how easy it is to insert a .skp file. Insert | Illustrations | 3D Models | This Device
You can choose one or more .skp files then select Insert.
Trying out a Sketchup model in Office
Now under the 3D model tab, you have the option to do a few things with your .skp file.
Use the mouse to rotate the model, as shown below, or select certain views under 3D Model Views in the ribbon.
Go to Size | Pan & Zoom to be able to zoom into areas of interest within the model using your mouse.
All Supported 3D formats
Office currently supports these formats.
- Binary GL Transmission Format *.glb (the preferred format)
- Filmbox Format *.fbx
- Object Format *.obj
- 3D Manufacturing Format *.3mf
- Polygon Format *.ply
- StereoLithography Format *.stl
- SketchUp *.skp
SketchUp support was added to Microsoft 365 for Windows and Mac in late 2022.
Originally Office for Mac only supported SketchUp on Intel based Macs, but that’s been fixed. Apple Silicon (M1, M2) machines now also work.
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