Opening a Prior Version Plan File

Reference Number: KB-00410
Last Modified: January 10, 2019

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


I have a plan file created in an earlier version of Home Designer.  How can I open this file in the current version of the software?


Files created in Home Designer version 7 or later can be opened and modified in the current version of the equivalent program title.  Home Designer 6 files use an older file format and are no longer supported, however.

If the file was created in a more advanced version, however, it may viewable when opened but not editable. For example, if you have an old file created in Home Designer Suite 2015, that file can be opened and modified in Home Designer Suite, Architectural, or Pro version 2016 or newer.

If the file was originally created in Home Designer Pro 2015, however, then that file can only be opened and modified in Home Designer Pro 2016 and newer. If opened in a less advanced version, the file can be opened for viewing only.

Files created in the current version cannot be opened in an older one. For example, plans created in any Home Designer 2019 version cannot be opened in a 2018 or earlier program.

To open a file created in an earlier program version, launch your Home Designer program and select File> Open Plan , navigate to the location on your computer where the plan file is located, select it, and click the Open button.

Bear in mind that older plans may not appear exactly as they did in the program version they were created in. For example, some material textures, symbol objects, and defaults may not be recognized, in which case the program will present warning messages. Missing textures and symbols can be replaced from the Library Browser.


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