Using the Project Browser

Reference Number: KB-03003
Last Modified: February 26, 2020

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


I would like to quickly access a saved view, such as a plan view, cross Section or elevation camera, CAD Detail or layout page. How can I accomplish this task?  


The Project Browser is a convenient way access to all of the views saved with an open plan and all of the pages saved in an open layout. 

To use the Project Browser

  1. First, choose to Open  the plan file that you would like to modify.

  2. Next, select View> Project Browser to display the Project Browser, the name of the plan and/or layout file displays, and below it, the types of views you can open related to it. 

  3. To access a view, double-click on it, or right-click and select Open View, or Show Page if it is a layout page. 

  4. For plans files, these types of views include:

    Plan file in the Project Browser showing many different view types

    • CAD Details - All CAD Details and Truss Details saved with the plan are listed in this folder. Right-click on the CAD Detail to Open View, Edit View, DeleteRename or Duplicate it. You can also right-click on the main folder in order to create a New CAD Detail.

    • Cameras - All Cameras and Overviews saved with the plan are listed here by floor. Right-click on the Camera or Overview to choose to Open ViewEdit ViewDeleteRename or Duplicate it.

    • Cross Sections - All saved Cross Sections and Elevation views are listed. Right-click on the view to Open ViewEdit ViewDelete, or Rename it.

      Deleting a saved camera will delete the view it represents along with any text, dimensions, or CAD objects you have created in that view. Likewise, if the camera view is a cross section/elevation view that has been sent to layout and you choose to delete it, the link between the layout and plan will be broken.

    • Floor Levels - All Floors in the plan are listed, including the Foundation and Attic. Right-click on a floor level for the option to open a view of it. 

    • Plan Views - All the Saved Plan Views in the plan are listed here. Right-click on a plan view to Open ViewEdit ViewDeleteRename or Duplicate it.

      Note: Changing your saved plan views can adjust your layer set, default sets, and other display options. Please refer to our resources on saved plan views to learn more.

    • Materials Lists - All Materials Lists saved in the plan are listed. Right-click on the Materials List to Open, Rename or Delete it.

      To save an open Materials List, select File> Close View. The Save Materials List dialog will open, giving you the option to name the list and save it or to close it without saving.

    • Schedules - All the schedules in your plan file will be listed in the Schedules folder in X12 and newer versions. If you right-click on a schedule you can Find in Project, Open Object, Delete, or Rename.

    • Wall Details - All Wall Details saved with the plan are listed by floor. A Wall Detail view for each framed wall in your plan is automatically created by the program when its wall framing is built.

      Note: Wall Details are a special type of wall elevation view in which only the studs, plates and headers used to frame a selected wall will display. They are also the only views in which Wall Bridging can be created. In addition to accessing these via the Project Browser, to view the Wall Detail associated with a specific wall, select the wall and click the Wall Detail edit button.

  5. For layout files, the types of views listed in the Project Browser include:

    All the pages of the layout shown in the Project Browser

    • CAD Details - Any CAD Details saved in the layout itself are listed. Open ViewEdit ViewDeleteRename or Duplicate it.  You can also right-click on the main folder in order to create a New CAD Detail in the layout file.

    • Layout Pages - Any pages or layout page templates that are in use in an open layout display in numeric order.  The three types of pages can be distinguished by the icon to the left of their names:

      Layout page icons in the Project Browser distinguish what the page is.

      Right-click to display the contextual menu for a layout page in the Project Browser which allows you to view it, edit its layout page information, insert a page before or after it, delete it, or duplicate it in X12 and newer versions.

      Layout Page Templates allow you to create a title block and border in one place, and then assign them for use on any other layout pages that you wish. Multiple Page Templates can be created in the same layout file. Add anything to a Page Template that you want on some, or all, of your printed layout pages, such as a title block, borders, text macros, and imported images such as for a company logo.

      If a layout page is specified as a Page Template, it will not print as part of a print range.

    • Tables - Any layout page tables in your layout file will be listed in alphabetical order. If you right-click on a table you can Find in ProjectOpen ObjectDelete, or Rename.

  6. Once you understand the views available and how to use the Project Browser, you may want to move it, such as to dock it to the top, bottom, or other side of the Chief Architect window, or even let it float freely undocked.

    You can move the Project Browser around by clicking and then dragging on the tab labeled Project Browser.