Entering Non-Default Values in Specification Dialogs

Reference Number: KB-00029
Last Modified: November 20, 2017

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors

Home Designer Professional or Home Designer Architectural or Home Designer Suite or Home Designer Interiors or Home Designer Essentials


In some specification dialogs, I find that when I change a value, my change isn't saved when I return to the dialog.  

For example, when attempting to change the Backsplash Height in a Base Cabinet Specification dialog, the value entered is not saved.


When the Default checkbox, or letter (D) (which stands for Default), is  present in text fields in a variety of specification dialogs, Chief  Architect will automatically apply the default value for this item, even  if you delete the number in front of the (D) and replace it with a new value.

When you replace a number without also removing the (D) then you will receive the following error when you click OK:

"You entered in X (D). The (D) indicates that you want to use the default value for this setting. If that is not what you want, please enter the number again, without the (D)."

To enter a non-default value

  1. Highlight the default value that is currently listed in the field you want to modify.  

  2. Delete that value, including the (D), so that the field is completely blank.

  3. In the blank field, type in the desired value.  

  4. Press the Tab key on the keyboard one time to update the dialog without closing it.  It will also move your cursor to the next field.  

  5. The value that you entered should be retained.  

  6. If it is not, either the (D) was not removed, or possibly a structural limitation in your plan prevents the desired value from being applied. If this is the case, a warning message should display when you close the dialog.