Fixing Jagged or Off-Angle Walls

Reference Number: KB-00020 Last Updated: 10-11-2013 02:21 PM

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors or Chief Architect Lite


When I draw a straight wall or CAD line, it doesn't look right on my screen.  The line appears jagged, or off-angle.  What is causing this, and how can I stop it from occurring? 


It is often important that objects be drawn at exact angles. This can be accomplished using Angle Snaps, which allow you to draw lines, walls, and other objects at specified Allowed Angles. Angle Snaps also affect the way objects rotate, the radius of arcs, and a variety of other operations.

If you have turned off Angle Snaps, you walls may appear jagged in floor plan view. Also, you may notice the Angle Snap Indicator attached to your cursor indicating that angle snaps are turned off.

This can ultimately lead to room definition issues or problems with dimensioning, so it is best to correct the file as soon as you notice the behavior.

Angle Snaps allow you to snap at either 15° or 7.5° angles, plus any additional Allowed Angles that you may specify in your General Plan Defaults dialog.

      To turn Angle Snaps on or off

      There are a number of ways to turn Angle Snaps on or off:

      1. Temporarily disable all snaps by holding down the Ctrl key if you are on a PC, or the Command key if you are on a Mac, while you click and drag to either draw or edit an object.

      2. Click the Angle Snaps toggle button on the Display Toggles toolbar, usually docked to the right side of the program window. 

        When the feature is enabled, this toolbar button appears lighter, with a border displayed around it. 

      3. Select Edit> Snap Settings> Angle Snaps from the menu.

        When the feature is enabled, a check mark will display next to it.

        *Note that the default keyboard shortcuts for menu items display to the right of their names.

      4. Press the F10 key on your keyboard. This is the default keyboard shortcut for toggling Angle Snap on and off.

      5. Select Edit> Preferences  from the menu, and turn the feature on or off on the Snap Properties panel of the Preferences dialog. If you are using a Mac, from the menu select Chief Architect>Preferences to access the Snap Properties panel of the Preferences dialog.


      To specify the angle of an object

      1. Using the Select Objects  tool, click to select the off-angle object, in this example we have selected a wall.

      2. elect the Open Object  edit button to display the Wall Specification dialog.

      3. On the General panel, change the Wall Angle value so that it accurately represents what you want to have displayed.

        • In this example, we will change the Wall Angle value to -180 degrees.

        • Depending on the orientation of the wall, the Wall Angle value may be a positive number or a negative number.

      4. Click OK, and repeat the process for any remaining off-angle walls in the plan.