Controlling the Display of the Cross Hair

Reference Number: KB-00610 Last Updated: 07-22-2014 02:02 PM

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors or Chief Architect Lite


When drawing in Chief Architect, I am used to my mouse pointer being a precision crosshair. It is instead displaying as a regular pointer or a text cursor.

What do I need to do to get the crosshairs back?


To control the display of the Cross Hairs

  1. First, launch Chief Architect and choose the New Plan  option; or you can start a new plan by going to File>New Plan.  

  2. Select Edit> Preferences .  

    On a Mac
    , instead click on the Chief Architect menu  in the top left corner and choose Preferences

  3. In the Preferences dialog, select the Edit panel.

    Enable in Plan and Cross Sec­tion/Elevation Views to use a cross hair cursor in floor plan, cross section, and elevation views. This option is checked by default.  

    Enable in Perspective Views to use a cross hair cursor in perspective camera views and overviews. 

    Synchronize with Cursor is checked, the mouse pointer and cross hairs always move together on screen. If you feel that they do not keep up with your mouse movements, try unchecking this option. 

    Click the color bar to open the
    Color Chooser dialog and specify the color of the cross hairs.  

    Cross hair size is specified as a percent­age of the width of the view window. Specify the
    Size (%) of Window Width as 100% to extend the cross hairs across the entire screen.  

    Set the
    Aperture Size, measured in pix­els. The aperture is the space where the cross hairs meet. A value of 0 makes the cross hairs meet at a point. Larger num­bers leave a gap in the center. 

  4. Once you have made any desired changes to the display of the Cross Hair, click OK to apply and close the Preferences dialog.