Defining the Drawing Sheet Setup for Printing

Reference Number: KB-00725
Last Modified: September 22, 2015

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 your .plan file

  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

    In previous versions click File> Print> Drawing Sheet Setup.

    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 1/4 in = 1 ft for imperial plans and 1m = 50m for metric plans.

  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.


To set the Drawing Sheet Setup in your .layout file

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

    • In previous versions click File> Print> Drawing Sheet Setup.

  2. Select the Drawing Sheet Size and Orientation

    • In previous versions you can choose your printer and the printer paper size in the Drawing Sheet Setup dialog. In X6, choose your printer when you are ready to print by using the Print dialog. In most cases, the Printer Paper and Drawing Sheet settings will be the same. 

  3. Specify a Drawing Scale of 1 in = 1 in (or 1 mm = 1 mm). 

    Note:  In the layout setup it is important to leave the drawing scale at 1 in = 1 in. This is because your drawing is scaled when sent over to the layout and you will be printing this at the size already scaled.

  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.