The information in this article applies to:
I've drawn a structure on my plan, but need to rotate it separately from the rest of the drawing.
Alternatively, I drew my plan but need to rotate everything in it.
What is the best way to rotate my structure, or an entire plan view?
Rotating a structure on a plan is vastly different than rotating a Plan View, although each can be done using Chief Architect.
If you'd like to rotate everything in a floor plan view, including all objects on all floors, the Snap and Reference Grids, the plan’s Cartesian coordinates, and the drawing sheet, use the Rotate Plan View tool.
Select Tools> Plan Views> Rotate Plan View from the menu and enter the desired rotation amount in degrees.
It is important to note that when rotating the Plan View, that all of the text on the plan may need to be reoriented. This can be done by modifying the text defaults for the plan.
By default, all Text, Label, and Rich Text objects are set to rotate with the plan view, meaning if you rotate the plan view 45°, all text and labels will be angled 45° to match the new plan view.
These different text objects pull defaults from a few different areas, so it's important to know what to modify depending on what text you want rotated with the plan, and what you want level on the page.
Start by selecting Edit> Default Settings , click the arrow to expand the Text, Callouts and Markers section.
For standard Text and Labels:
Note: In the Saved Text Styles dialog, there are a number of Text Styles that you may want to modify. With exception to Default Label Style and Room Label Style, the various text styles are used in different Annotation Sets, so it is important to note what text styles are modified if you decide to change annotation sets later.
Primarily 1/4" Text Style, Default Text Style, and Room Label Style will likely need to be modified.
Default Label Style controls other object labels, such as doors and windows, and should likely be left alone.
For Rich Text boxes: