Using Fonts Found in an AutoCAD File

Reference Number: KB-00682
Last Modified: September 16, 2015

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


I have a number of fonts that I have used with AutoCAD in the past, and would like to know how to make use of these fonts with Chief Architect. These fonts have a number of different names and a file extension of .shx. Can I use any of these .shx fonts in Chief Architect?


AutoCAD can use two different kinds of fonts: Windows TTF (TrueType) fonts and Native AutoCAD SHX (compiled Shape) fonts

Chief Architect can make use of .TTF (TrueType) fonts, as well as .FON (Non-True Type) fonts. However, before Chief Architect can use them, they must be installed in the Fonts folder within your operating system. 

  • Fonts on a Windows computer are located in your Fonts folder which can be accessed through the Control Panel.
    For information on locating your Fonts folder and installing fonts can be found here:

  • The Mac operating system has 2 ways to manage fonts: using Font Book or by managing the fonts manually.
    More information on managing the fonts on your Mac can be found here: 

Unfortunately, it is not possible to use .shx fonts in Chief Architect, as these fonts are used exclusively by AutoCAD.