Resizing a Layout Title Block and Border

Reference Number: KB-02862
Last Modified: July 14, 2021

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


I have a layout template that I would like to copy using a different page size, but I don't want to have to redraw the entire title block and border, is there an easier method?


You can quickly and easily resize a layout title block and border by selecting and resizing it.


To resize a title block and border

  1. Open the layout file that you would like to assign a different page size.

    Layout showing a title block and border
    • In this example, the default layout template layout is used.

  2. From the menu, select File> Print> Drawing Sheet Setup .

    Setting up the layout drawing sheet
    • Specify the desired Drawing Sheet Orientation and Size.

      In this example, the size was changed to ANSI B (11" x 17").

    • Make sure Show Drawing Sheet in View is checked.

    • Make sure the Drawing Scale is 1 in = 1 in.

    • Click OK to close the dialog and apply your changes.

  3. Navigate to Page 0 and use the Fill Window , and/or Zoom  tools as needed so that you can see title block and border, along with the white, rectangular Drawing Sheet Boundary in its entirety.

  4. With the Select Objects  arrow selected, click and drag a selection box around the title block area.

    Select the title block and border

    • Be sure not to include the Drawing Sheet in the selection.

      Note: If you're unable to select the entire title block, open your Preferences and browse to the Edit panel. Here, you'll want to ensure that under Marquee Selection, Select Intersected Objects is selected.  

  5. With the title block contents and the title border selected, use the topmost edit handle and drag inwards to scale the entire selection to fit within the designated Drawing Sheet area.

    Resizing the title block and border

    • If you experience difficulty with the layout border snapping to the edge of the Drawing Sheet, hold the Ctrl/Command key to temporarily disable snapping while positioning.

  6. If necessary, adjust the title block and border further, or use File> Print> Center Sheet  to ensure that everything is centered properly on the Drawing Sheet.

    Layout showing a title block and border

  7. To save the newly sized title block as a layout template, select File> Templates> Save As Template .

    • In X12 and newer program versions, you have the option to delete information prior to saving. Once the desired boxes are checked, choose whether or not you want to use this file as your default template going forward, then hit OK.

    • Choose an appropriate name and location, then press Save.

      For more information on layout templates, please see the Related Articles section below.