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How do I create a user library folder to hold my custom library objects?
A User Catalog folder is created when the software is installed. Custom objects can be created and added to your User Catalog for use later while working in the current plan, and also, while working on other plans.
If the Library Browser is not currently displayed, from the top menu select View> Library Browser; or alternatively, press Ctrl+L on your keyboard to bring up the Library Browser.
In this example the cabinet created in Designing Cabinet Fronts is used. For more information see Knowledge Base article under the Related Articles section at the end of this article.
If you will be creating different types of custom objects, you may want to keep them organized into folders. For example, you may want all customized cabinets together in a folder called 'Cabinets' or Mulled Door and Window units together in a folder named 'Front Doors' for example.
Folders can be created inside of each other by right-clicking on the folder name, mouse over and select New> Folder to create a new sub-folder inside of a previously created folder.
Once your new folder is created, simply drag and drop your custom object onto your folder and it will be moved into this folder.
To add a custom Backdrop, Image, Material, Plant Image or 3D Symbol, you can import them into your User Catalog folder directly. For example, this is how to add a custom Backdrop.
Instead of having to find frequently used fixtures, appliances, color palettes and other items residing in the Chief Architect Core Catalogs, you can put shortcuts to these items in your User Catalog. A Shortcut to an object is different than making a copy of an object. Shortcuts take up much less space on your computer.
In addition to being able to Paste a Shortcut into your User Catalog, you can also make a copy of the object by using Paste instead of Paste Shortcut. There are some differences between making a copy of the object using Paste and making a shortcut to the object using Paste Shortcut. Making copies using Paste will increase the size of your User Catalog making it more difficult to back up your User Catalog or move it to another computer. One benefit of using Paste to make a copy of the object in your User Catalog is that you can modify the object and change some or all of the specifications relating to that object.