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1 Accessing Your Archive Files

In the event of an improper shutdown or crash, you may be able to recover some of your work by restoring an Archive of the file.

2 Associating Plan and Layout Files with the Latest Version of Chief Architect

If you have just installed a new version of Chief Architect, it will display a message asking if you want to associate these files types with the current version.

3 Backing up Library Content

It is a good idea to back up your Chief Architect library along with your user catalog so they can be easily restored if your computer crashes.

4 Changing from Metric to Imperial Units

While it is possible to show both metric and imperial dimensions in a plan it is best to use the unit of measure that was assigned to the plan by the template

5 Changing the Default Directory for Opening Files

In Chief Architect, you can specify where on your computer the program looks when an existing plan or layout is opened or saved using Save As.

6 Creating a Plan Thumbnail with a Different View

When a plan is closed, Chief Architect will automatically save a thumbnail of the floor that was visible when the session was closed.

7 Finding Missing Files on Your Computer

If you cannot remember where you saved your file simply click the Windows Start button and type your search in the search box.

8 Guide to File Management for Chief Architect Files

In order to use your computer effectively, it is vital to know how to save your work properly, where it is saved on your computer and how to find it again.

9 Implementing a Data Backup Strategy

A real-time, off-site backup from an online backup service is the way to go if you want to regularly back up libraries, drawings and other data on your computer.

10 Managing Your Archive Plan and Layout Files

The Auto Archive utility in Chief Architect automatically creates a historical archive of each plan and layout file that you name and save.

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