Setting Up Custom Sequential Hotkeys

Reference Number: KB-03024
Last Modified: June 27, 2016

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


How can I set up my own custom sequential hotkeys in Chief Architect?


 The following sections will discuss how to assign a sequence of hotkeys to activate specific commands in Chief Architect, how to export your customized hotkeys to share with another user, and how to import hotkeys. 

To assign a sequence of hotkeys to activate a command

  1. With a plan file open, select Tools> Toolbars and Hotkeys> Customize Hotkeys  to open the Customize Hotkeys dialog.

  2. Use the Show Commands/Hotkeys Containing field to search for the command to assign a sequence of hotkeys to and select it.

  3. Click in the text field at the bottom of this dialog, type the sequence of keys you want to use to activate this command, and then click Assign.

    Note: To assign sequential hotkeys, do not hold down the keys at the same time, but instead click each key in the sequence you wish to assign to the command. Holding down the keys at the same time will create a multi-key hotkey. For information on creating multi-key hotkeys, please see the Related Articles section at the bottom of this page.

  4. If the command already has a sequence of hotkeys assigned to it that needs to change, click Remove, and then continue with step 3.

  5. The Reset Hotkeys button can be used to revert all assigned hotkey sequences to those that ship with Chief Architect. 

  6. After assigning hotkeys, click OK to close the Customize Hotkeys dialog.

    Note: It may be valuable to create a spreadsheet or text document listing the commands and associated hot key sequences that you assign to them for use as a quick reference, though you are always able to go back to the Customize Hotkeys dialog to see what sequences are assigned to each command.

To export customized hotkeys to share with another user

  1. Select File> Export> Export Hotkeys .

  2. In the Export Hotkeys File dialog that follows, choose where to save the hotkeys xml file, type a descriptive File Name, and then click Save.

  3. This file can now be shared with another user using an external hard drive, email, or any other method of file transfer. The hotkeys can then be imported as explained below.

    Note: You can also export hotkeys and keep the xml file created in this way as a backup should you ever need to reinstall Chief Architect or move to another computer.

To import custom hotkeys

  1. A custom hotkey xml file can be imported by selecting File> Import> Import Hotkeys .

  2. In the Import Hotkeys File dialog that follows, browse for the location of the hotkeys xml file, select it, and then click Open.

  3. The custom hotkey file has now been imported and its associated hotkey sequences have been assigned to commands. To view what hotkeys are assigned to each command, select Tools> Toolbars and Hotkeys> Customize Hotkeys . Or to print out a list select Tools> Toolbars and Hotkeys> Create hotkey List

    A sample zipped xml file with custom hotkeys has been added as an attachment below. Once you have downloaded this file, you can unzip it by right clicking the file and selecting Extract All on windows, or double click on the file if you are on a Mac. Once you have unzipped the file, you will be able to import the sample hotkeys into Chief Architect.