How to Import a Group of Symbols

Reference Number: KB-00953 Last Updated: 11-10-2014 12:26 PM

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors or Chief Architect Lite


I have a folder full of 3D symbols and would like to import them into Chief Architect.  Is there a way to import them as a group, or do I have to do it one symbol at a time?


More than one symbol can be imported into the library at a time provided that the following requirements are met:


  • The symbols are located in the same folder on your computer.

  • Multiple symbols can only be imported using the Import 3D Symbol dialog.

    If you try to drag and drop group-selected files in Windows Explorer, only the file that was selected first is imported.

  • When imported as a group, symbols must be assigned to the same symbol category.

    If you wish to assign them to different categories, they must be imported separately.

    Symbols that are imported as a group are assigned names based on their original file names with the file extension omitted.


There are several ways to select multiple files in the Import 3D Symbol dialog: 


  • Click on the first one, hold down the Shift key, then click on another file. The two files plus all files in between are selected.

  • To select multiple files individually, click on one, hold down the Ctrl key, then click on additional files. Only the files you click on are selected.

  • To select all files in the directory, click on one and press Ctrl + A. Only do this if you wish to import all files in the folder.


3D symbols that can be imported into Chief Architect are available from a variety of online sources. Some of these sources are listed on our Other Content Resources page.