Controlling the Size of Dimension Numbers On-Screen

Reference Number: KB-01110
Last Modified: February 8, 2019

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


The display of dimensions on my screen is too small when I am zoomed out. How can I make their display bigger so that they are easier to read, without affecting the size they will be when printed?


The on-screen size of dimensions and object labels can both be specified in the Preferences dialog on the Appearance panel.

To change the display size of dimensions

  1. First, launch Chief Architect and choose to Open  a plan.

  2. Next, select Edit> Preferences if you're on a Windows PC or Chief Architect> Preferences  if you are on a Mac.

  3. On the Appearance panel, under the Minimum Display Size section, specify the number of Pixels for Dimensions.

    Minimum display size of dimensions in preferences

    This is the on-screen size and does not affect printed or exported output. To use the printed scale, set these values to 0 or turn on Print Preview.

    Printed dimension and label sizes are set by modifying the text styles used by those dimensions or labels.

  4. Click OK to apply this change.