Entering Non-Default Values in Specification Dialogs

Reference Number: KB-00029
Last Modified: May 17, 2023

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect InteriorsHome Designer Professional or Home Designer Architectural or Home Designer Suite


In some specification dialogs, I find that when I change a value, my change isn't saved when I return to the dialog.  

For example, when attempting to change the Backsplash Height in a Base Cabinet Specification dialog, the value entered is not saved.


In Chief Architect X10 and prior program versions, you may notice a Default check box or a letter (D) beside an input field.

In Chief Architect X11 and newer program versions, you may notice a wrench icon next to an input field.

When the Default box is checked, a (D) is present in an input field, or a wrench icon with a red check is next to an input field within a specification dialog, Chief Architect will use the default value set within the Default Settings dialog.

To enter a non-default value

  1. Highlight the default value that is currently listed in the field you want to modify.  

  2. Delete that value, including the (D) if one is present, so that the field is completely blank.

  3. In the blank field, type in the desired value. 

  4. Press the Tab key on the keyboard one time to update the dialog without closing it. It will also move your cursor to the next field. 

  5. The value that you entered should be retained.