Printing a Scaled Check Plot

Reference Number: KB-00567
Last Modified: July 16, 2015

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


I would like to print a test printing of my layout pages at a smaller scale than my final printing.  How can I do this easily, without changing all my settings in the Page Setup dialog?


A check plot is a test print that allows you to print at a reduced scale on smaller, less expensive paper so you can check that the drawing will print as expected.

In a check plot, the drawing scale is temporarily adjusted to a specified fraction of its true value. Both drawing scale and line weights are subject to this scale adjustment.

To create a check plot

  1. Select File> Print> Drawing Sheet Setup . In the Drawing Sheet Setup dialog:

    • Verify the Drawing Sheet Size, Orientation, and Drawing Scale are correct for a full size print out.

  2. Select File> Print> Print . In the Print View dialog:

    • Click the Check Plot at radio button and choose the desired scale fraction from the drop-down list.

    • The Paper Size will automatically adjust to fit the selected Check Plot Scale.

    • Confirm that the Paper Size is the size you with to use, then click Print.

  3. Next time you print a view, remember to choose To Scale or Fit to Paper again in the Print View dialog.

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