Creating a Text Based Table or Legend

Reference Number: KB-00042
Last Modified: January 10, 2020

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


I need to create a basic table of text notes contained in a grid, such as for a legend. How can I accomplish this in Chief Architect?


There are a number of ways to approximate the look of tables in Chief Architect, including using the CAD tools to create boxes, lines, and Rich Text. In this article, however, we will discuss creating a basic table using the Text tool.

To create a table using the Text tool

  1. From the menu, select CAD> Text> Text , then click in plan to open the Text Specification dialogue.

    Please note you cannot create a simple table using Rich Text.

  2. On the Text panel, create the text you want displayed in your table, and use the Tab key on your keyboard to pan between text that you want to be separated in to different columns.

  3. On the Attributes panel:

    • Place a check mark next to Display Border.

    • Place a check mark next to Display Grid Lines.

    • Use the drop-down menu to select an Alignment, such as Centered.

  4. On the Line Style panel, you can change the Line Color of the grid to a different color, such as Black.

  5. Make any other desired changes in this dialogue, and click OK to finish creating your basic table.

If you are creating a custom legend key, or want to modify a legend already in the Library Browser, such as the Electrical Legend or Plumbing Symbols, then you will likely also want to place CAD Blocks representing the 3D objects.

To add CAD Blocks

  1. Select CAD> CAD Block Management.

  2. Navigate to the CAD Block's name in the list, click on it to highlight it, then select the Insert button.

  3. Click in the plan where you want to place the 2D CAD Block.

  4. If desired, you can select the 2D representation of the symbol and click Explode CAD Block  in order to make changes to its individual elements, such as the colors, and then block it back together again.