Importing a Group of Symbols

Reference Number: KB-00953
Last Modified: February 22, 2022

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


I have a folder full of 3D symbols and would like to import them into Chief Architect. Is there a way to import them as a group, or do I have to do it one symbol at a time?


More than one symbol can be imported into the library at a time provided that the following requirements are met:

  • The symbols are located in the same folder on your computer.  

  • Multiple symbols can only be imported using the Import 3D Symbol dialog.

    If you try to drag and drop group-selected files, only the file that was selected first is imported.

  • When imported as a group, symbols must be assigned to the same symbol category.

    If you wish to assign them to different categories, they must be imported separately.  

    Symbols that are imported as a group are assigned names based on their original file names with the file extension omitted.


    To select multiple files in the Import 3D Symbol dialog

    • Click on the first symbol, hold down the Shift key on your keyboard, then click on another symbol. The two symbol files plus all files in between will be selected.  

    • To select multiple files individually, click on one, hold down the Ctrl/Command key, then click on additional files. Only the files you click on are selected.  

    • To select all files in the directory, click on one and press Ctrl + A/Command + A. Only do this if you wish to import all files in the folder.

      To select multiple files in the Library Browser

      • Right-click on the User Catalog folder located in the Library Browser, select New> 3D Symbol from the contextual menu, then follow the same steps mentioned in the section above to select the needed files.