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Originally Posted by Larry Robertson
As Chris mentioned, pickup a two button with wheel mouse, either corded or not. It's almost essential to using sketchup.
As for resources, the youtube tutorials for sketchup linked on the splash page of the program are pretty good, follow each and practice with each tool. Using those most anyone can pick up using sketchup in a few hours. I use a 15" screen and it works well for a laptop. I tend to stay with that or smaller, mostly as the battery life will be less with larger. If you want a 10 key, the 17" usually has this though.
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