Showing the Room Area and Room Dimensions Using Macros

Reference Number: KB-00687
Last Modified: February 9, 2019

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


I would like to have more control over Room Dimensions and Room Area than the room label will allow. How can I create custom Room labels?


You can display more information about a room by using the Text tools, including text macros.

To create a text item

  1. Select CAD> Text> Text  and click in a room that you wish to display the area for to open the Text Specification dialog.

  2. Click the button beside Insert to display a list of macros, which are formulas that enter information into your text object automatically.  

    Inserting a macro into a text box

  3. From this menu, select each of the following macros related to room size:  

    • Room Dimensions (%room.dimensions%)

    • Internal Room Area (%room.area.internal%)

    • Standard Room Area (%room.area.standard%)

  4. Insert a few spaces between each macro, so that they can be clearly distinguished in the text object. You may also want to label each,

    Room Dimensions, Room Internal Area, and Room Standard Area macros specified in the Text Specification dialog

  5. Click the OK button to close the dialog and display the new text object in floor plan view.

    Room Dimension Macros in Floor Plan

  6. Decide which macro best fits your needs and, with the text object selected, click the Open Object  edit button to reopen the Text Specification dialog.

  7. Delete the macros you do not wish to keep; add text such as the room's name or a brief description, then click OK to close the dialog once again.

Note: If you move this text item to a different room, it will display information about the room it was moved to rather than the room it was created in. If you move the text item outside the building, it will not be able to detect the room and therefore will not display any information.