Accessing the User's Guide and Reference Manual

Reference Number: KB-00469
Last Modified: September 21, 2015

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


How do I access the electronic versions of my Chief Architect User's Guide and Chief Architect Reference Manual?


Both the Chief Architect User's Guide and Reference Manual are available in an electronic format and can be accessed from within the program at any time.

To access the electronic reference materials

  1. Launch the Chief Architect program and open your plan. 

    • Select Help> View User's Guide from the menu or,

    • Select Help> View Reference Manual .

      Alternately, you can select Help> Launch Help , which allows you to Browse the Manual by chapter on the Contents tab, search the manual by keyword on the Index tab, or customize your search on the Search tab.

    • The electronic version of the Chief Architect User's Guide or Chief Architect Reference Manual displays, depending on which you selected.

  2. When either of the .pdf documents is open, you can alternate between the Chief Architect drawing space and the electronic documentation.

  • Hold down the ALT key on your keyboard, and press the Tab key. A small window opens that contains the icons for each program currently running as well as open directories.

  • With the ALT key pressed, continue to press Tab until you highlight the icon for Chief Architect. When the Chief icon is highlighted, release the ALT key and the Chief Architect drawing space is again available.

To purchase physical copies of the Chief Architect Premier User's Guide and Reference Manual, see the Add-On Products page for the documentation bundle at: