Transferring Text and Spreadsheet Information into Chief Architect

Reference Number: KB-00173
Last Modified: January 31, 2018

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


I have text and/or spreadsheet information that I would like to copy into Chief Architect. How can I do this?


Text can be copied to and from Chief Architect using the shortcut keyboard commands for Copy and Paste.

To copy text from Chief Architect to another program

  1. Open  a Chief Architect plan that contains text you would like to copy.

  2. Using the Select Objects  tool, select the text you wish to copy.

  3. Click the Copy/Paste  edit button.

  4. Open the program you want to paste this copied text into and press Ctrl + V if you're on a Windows PC or Command + V if you're on a Mac on your keyboard.


To copy text from another program into Chief Architect

  1.  Select the text you would like to copy, right click and choose Copy

  2. Open Chief Architect and click Edit> Paste> Paste 

    Alternatively, you can press Ctrl+V if you're on a Windows PC or Command + V if you're on a Mac on your keyboard.

To copy a spreadsheet into Chief Architect

  1. Select the cells that you would like to paste from a spreadsheet application, then select the Copy option. You can also press Ctrl + C on a PC or Command + C on a Mac.

  2. Open the Chief Architect plan or layout file in which you would like to paste the text from another program.

  3. Select CAD> Text> Text  from the menu, then click in your drawing area to open the Text Specification dialog.

  4. Click once inside the Text field, then press Ctrl + V if you're using a Windows PC or Command + V if you're using a Mac.

  5. On the Attributes panel of the Text Specification dialog, check Display Border and Display Grid Lines under the Box/Grid section to display column and row separation lines.

  6. Your selected spreadsheet cells will now appear in the Text object.

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