Layers provide a simple way to group different objects together so that you can organise your site layout more easily. 
For example, if you were creating a landscaping plan, you might draw out all of the areas of retaining walls, and then group those areas together under a layer called ‘Retaining walls’.

This article covers the following:

Adding a Layer

You can add a layer to your workspace (or project) by selecting the + sign, then select Feature Group. Once you have added the layer you will be able to change the name by double-clicking on the layer name. Once you type the name, press Enter.

You can also add a KML file as a layer. Please refer to KML Import for more information.

Duplicating a layer or measurement

You can duplicate a layer or measurement from Layer Manager:

  1. Right-click on the layer or measurement in Layer Manager
  2. Select Duplicate or Ctrl/Cmd D.

The layer or measurement is copied at the same layer level as the original.

You can also duplicate a measurement by right-clicking directly on the map.

Selecting multiple layers or measurements

To select multiple objects:

  • In Layer Manager, hold the SHIFT key on the keyboard and click on the layers or measurement that you wish to select.
  • You can also select measurements by SHIFT-clicking directly on the map.

Deleting a layer or measurement

You can delete a layer or measurement by:

  • clicking on the trash icon next to the layer/measurement.
  • right-clicking the layer/measurement and selecting Delete
  • selecting the layer/measurement and pressing Delete on your keyboard.

If you are deleting multiple layers or a group, a message will appear confirming that you want to delete the layer. Click DELETE to confirm or CANCEL.

All objects with the layer will be deleted. Iis not possible to restore the layer once it has been deleted.

Showing and hiding layers and measurements

You can control which of your drawn measurements display on the map in any of the following ways:

  • Click on the 'eye' icon to the right of the layer you wish to hide, and click on it again to unhide the selected layer.
  • Right-click the layer or measurement and select Show/Hide.
  • With the layer or measurement selected, press Ctrl SHIFT/Cmd H.

Adding new layers and measurements to a layer

There are several ways to add objects to an existing layer:

  • From Layer Manager drag the layer or measurement to the destination layer and release.

  • For measurements only: Start drawing on the map. The measurement is saved under the root layer.

Moving a layer or measurement to another layer

You can move layers and measurements from one layer to another. Select one or Shift-select multiple objects and drag to the desired layer.

Grouping/Ungrouping layers or measurements

Grouping layers can be really handy, for example, if want to be able to move multiple items at once.

You can group or ungroup layers and measurements using either of the methods below (remember to hold down the SHIFT key when selecting multiple objects, whether in Layer Manager or on the map).

Either from Layer Manager or directly on the map:

  • Select the layers/measurements you want to group, right-click and select Group or Ungroup .

  • Select the layers/measurements and press Ctrl/Cmd G or Ctrl/Cmd SHIFT G.

Nesting layers

You can next layers within layers by dragging the layer to beneath the destination layer. You'll see a blue underline indicating that this is the parent layer. Drop it here.

You can't nest measurements within measurements. If you want to nest a measurement, first put it in a layer.

Zooming to selected layers or measurements

Zooming is handy if you wish to view features that are not visible in the current map view. To fit the zoom to a measurement or all objects in a layer, follow one of the methods below:

  • Double-click on the icon next to each layer or measurement to bring those objects into view (see animation to the right)
  • Right-click and select Zoom to Layer.
  • Select the feature and press Ctrl/Cmd SHIFT +