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Moving a Wall That has Been Locked

Reference Number: KB-00671 Last Updated: 07-30-2014 08:51 AM

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors or Chief Architect Lite


QUESTION

In my drawing, I have one specific wall that I cannot select, move or modify. Why is this and what do I need to do to access this wall?


ANSWER

A wall that cannot be selected, modified or moved is one that has been locked. Walls are locked and unlocked using the Display Options dialog.


To unlock a wall

  1. Open the drawing that contains the problem wall and from the menu select Tools> Tools> Display Settings> Display Options  to open the Layer Display Options dialog.


  2. In this dialog, you will see at least one layer that has a yellow padlock  in the Lock column. To remove the locked status from a layer, click one time on the padlock.




  3. Most likely, the wall in question will be located on one of the Walls layers, such as Walls, Normal or Walls, Foundation. Begin by unlocking any locked Walls layers and then click the OK button to close the dialog and return to floor plan view.


  4. If it is still not possible to select the wall, open the Layer Display Options  dialog again and unlock any remaining locked layers.

    Note: Layers are usually locked to protect the information placed on them. When all layers must be unlocked, it is a good idea to make a note of all the layers that have been unlocked so that after you have unlocked the wall or other object in question, you can restore their locked status.


  5. When all layers are unlocked, click the OK button to close the dialog and return to floor plan view. Using the Select Objects  tool, you should now be able to select the wall.


  6. With the wall selected, click the Open Object  edit button to open the Wall Specification dialog. Go to the Layer panel and note which layer it is currently on.


  7. Close the Wall Specification dialog and again select Tools> Display Settings> Display Options  to open the Layer Display Options dialog.


  8. Take a moment to relock all of the layers that were recently unlocked. Avoid locking the layer that your wall resides on until you are finished making changes to it.