Changing the Default Directory for Opening Files

Reference Number: KB-00054
Last Modified: July 1, 2016

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


I would like Chief Architect to default to a specific folder on my local machine's hard drive when opening files. How do I do this?


In Chief Architect, you can specify the location on your computer that the program opens when a plan or layout is either opened or saved using Save As.

The method of specifying the default Open and Save As directory in Chief Architect depends on the version being used.  

Working on files over a network server, external hard drive, or USB flash drive device is not supported as this can lead to file corruption and data loss.

To change the default Open and Save As directory

  1. Select Edit> Preferences  from the menu.  

    • On a MAC, click on the Chief Architect Menu button in the top left corner and choose Preferences

  2. On the left side of the Preferences dialog, click on the New Plans panel. If you do not see it, click the  beside General to display its subheadings.    

  3. On the lower right side of the New Plans panel, in the Open and Save As section, you have two options:  

  • Use Last Folder instructs the program to open the last directory or folder used when File> Open Plan , File> Open Layout  or File> Save As  was used.  

  • Use This Folder instructs the program to open a specific folder, as specified by the user. When Use This Folder is selected, the path name field and Browse button become active to allow the user to either type or Browse to the location they wish to set.

  • Click the Browse button to open the Select a Plans Folder dialog. 

  • Browse to the location on your computer where you would like Chief Architect to refer every time you select File> Open Plan , File> Open Layout  or File> Save As  from the menu, then click Select Folder to return to the Preferences dialog.  

  • Click OK to close the Preferences dialog and apply your change.