Enabling or Disabling Contextual Menus

Reference Number: KB-00764
Last Modified: June 27, 2016

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


How do I enable contextual menus so that when I right-click on an object or in a view window, a menu of relevant tools displays?


Contextual menus are one of several ways to access commonly used tools in Chief Architect. When these menus are enabled, they can be opened by right-clicking on an object or area of the current view.  

To enable contextual menus

  1. To enable your contextual menus, select Edit> Preferences  if you're using a Windows PC or Chief Architect> Preferences  if you're using a Mac. 

  2. In the list on the left side of the Preferences dialog, click on the Appearance panel.  

  3. Place a checkmark in the Contextual Menus checkbox.

  4. Depending on your work style, you may also wish to check the box beside Click Twice to Display, which requires two right-clicks to display contextual menus instead of one click.  

  5. Click the OK button to close the dialog and enable contextual menus in all plan and layout files, and in all views. Contextual menus display when we right-click on:  

    • CAD objects, such as the polyline below:  

    • Architectural object, such as these stairs:  

    • View windows, such as this render view: