Associating Plan, Layout, and Library Files with the Latest Version of Chief Architect or Home Designer


Reference Number: KB-01131
Last Modified: January 30, 2019

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors

Home Designer Professional or Home Designer Architectural or Home Designer Suite or Home Designer Interiors or Home Designer Essentials



QUESTION

When I go to double click on a .plan, .layout, .calib or .calibz file, the version of the Chief Architect software program that launches is not the version that I want to use.

How can I change this file association within Windows so that the version of Chief Architect I want will open when I double click on these file types?


ANSWER

If you have just installed a new version of Chief Architect or Home Designer, you may receive this message upon launching the software for the first time:

"Do you want to associate plan, layout, and library files with this program?"

Select 
Yes to associate plan, layout, and library files with this version of the program or choose No if you want plan, layout, and library files to be associated with the program version you last chose. 

If you're not receiving this prompt and files aren't opening correctly in the program version you'd like to use, please follow the steps listed in this article.


To associate files with X11, Home Designer 2020, and newer program versions

  1. Open the program version you'd like to associate these files to, and navigate to Edit> Preferences if you're on a Windows PC or Chief Architect/Home Designer> Preferences if you're on a Mac.


  2. Click on the File Management panel of the Preferences dialog.

    Click on the Associate Files With This Program button on the File Management panel of Preferences

    • Select the Associate Files With This Program option.

      Note: If this option is grayed out; plan, layout, and library files are already associated with this program version and nothing else needs to be done. 

    • If you're prompted with a window asking if you'd like to allow Chief Architect to make this change, choose Yes.

    • Hit OK to confirm the change.

Plan, layout, and library files will now be associated with this program version.


To associate files with X10, Home Designer 2019, and older program versions

If you would like to associate these file types to use a different version of the software, please see the appropriate online resource for your operating system.

Windows

Mac OS