Troubleshooting why Numbers Typed into Dialogs are not Saved

Reference Number: KB-00132
Last Modified: July 16, 2015

The information in this article applies to:

Home Designer Professional or Home Designer Architectural or Home Designer Suite or Home Designer Interiors or Home Designer Essentials or Home Designer Landscape & Deck


When I enter a value in a specification dialog, the number is entered correctly but when the cursor moves to a different field, the value reverts to the previous one; why is this happening?


In many specification dialogs, you will see a "(D)" next to a number or a Default check box. The (D) indicates a Default value and, when present, tells Home Designer that it should use the default value instead of the value you entered.

Note:  This issue applies only to Home Designer 2014 and older. In Home Designer 2015 and newer versions, this issue has been resolved, and this article does not apply.

  • In Home Designer, when a value is changed and the "(D)" is not removed, you will see the following message:


    "You entered __(D). The (D) indicates that you want to use the default value for this setting. if this is not what you want, please enter the number again, without the (D)."


  • To override the default value, you must delete the "(D)" and enter a new number. When you click in a different field or press the Tab key, it will now stay the way you want and the "(D)" will no longer be there.

  • If you want the field to revert to the default value, simply type the "(D)" back into the field and press the Tab key on your keyboard so that Home Designer will restore the default value for you.

Some dialogs will have a Default checkbox, rather than a "(D)" value; these function the same in that they force Home Designer to use the default value.

  • If a different value is entered, the checkbox will automatically uncheck.

  • To restore the default, simply place a check to automatically restore the default value.