Defining the Drawing Sheet Setup for Printing

Reference Number: KB-00725
Last Modified: February 5, 2019

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


I want to set up my printer so that I get good results when printing from layout. How is this done? 


For best results, it is recommended that you specify the desired Drawing Sheet Setup settings not only in your layout file, but in any associated plan files as well. 

To adjust the Drawing Sheet Setup in a Plan

  1. For each floor plan view, CAD Detail, and Cross Section/Elevation, set the drawing scale you will most likely use when printing by selecting File> Print> Drawing Sheet Setup from the menu.

    Note: The information in the Drawing Sheet (Page) Setup dialog is not only file specific - in a given plan file, you can have different Drawing Sheet Setup settings for floor plan view, each CAD Detail, and each Cross Section/Elevation view.

  2. Set the Orientation and Size of your Drawing Sheet, then set the Drawing Scale to the scale you intend to print.

    In most cases, this will be 1/4in = 1ft for imperial plans and 1m = 50m for metric plans.

    Drawing Sheet Setup dialog with Orientation, Paper Size, Drawing Scale and Drawing Margins filled in

  3. Once you have completed making any necessary changes in the Drawing Sheet Setup dialog, click OK to apply them.

  4. Select File> Print> Print Preview to turn on the print preview display, to verify that the correct page size and orientation that you want have been accurately set.

    A blue border represents the margins of the printable area. If the margins have been set to populate from the selected printer, this border may not display on all edges of the drawing sheet.

To set the Drawing Sheet Setup in a Layout

  1. Open the layout file you wish to set up and select File> Print> Drawing Sheet Setup from the menu.

    Drawing Sheet Setup dialog with Orientation, Size, Drawing Scale set to 1 inch equals 1 inch, and Margins all set to zero

  2. Select the Drawing Sheet Size and Orientation.

  3. Specify a Drawing Scale of 1in = 1in if using Imperial units or 1mm = 1mm if using Metric units.

    Note: It's important to leave the drawing scale at 1in = 1in or 1mm = 1mm for layout files. This is because the drawing and/or views that are on the layout have already been sent over at a specific scale.

  4. Click OK to close the dialog and apply your changes.

  5. Select File> Save from the menu to save your Drawing Sheet Setup information so that it's ready for you whenever you wish to print this layout.