Using the Active Layer Display Options


Reference Number: KB-03007
Last Modified: October 7, 2015

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier


QUESTION

How can I use the Active Layer Display Options side window to increase my productivity in working with layers in Chief Architect Premier?


ANSWER

The Active Layer Display Options side window allows you to access the layer settings for the currently active Layer Set or the Object Layer Properties for the currently selected object. 

To turn on the display of the Active Layer Display Options window

  1. Select View> Active Layer Display Options  to open, or close, this side window.

  • When no object is selected, the settings for the active Layer Set are shown.



  • When one or more objects are selected, the objects’ Object Layer Properties are shown.



    Some objects, such as CAD lines, only have one layer associated with them. Other objects, including many architectural objects like cabinets, have multiple layers that affect their display in various views.


  • By default, when the Active Layer Display Options side window is opened, it will be docked on the right side of the program window. Like other side windows, though, it can be moved to be docked at a different location or left undocked completely.

    Note:If you cannot see the Active Layer Display Options dialog displayed, access the software's Preferences, go to the Reset Options panel, then click on Reset Side Windows. When the software is next restarted, the Active Layer Display Options and other side windows listed will be restored back to their default locations.



  • In some cases, you may find it helpful to display settings not on by default for the Active Layer Display Options dialog, such as showing the Lock column, layer edit buttons, or the Layer Set control.

    To customize the Active Layer Display Options window

    1. At the lower left of the Active Layer Display Options dialog is a its Control Options button, click on this button to see the options that can be added or removed from the of the Layer Set Control side window.


    2. For the purposes of this example, select:

      • Layer Set Control to display the Layer Set drop-down list at the top of the side window, which allows you to see the name of the active layer set as well as change it.

      • Layer Edit Buttons to display the Select All, New, Copy, Delete, and Reset Names buttons below the layer table.

      • Columns> Lock to show the Lock column.



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