Changing Your Dimension Settings

Reference Number: KB-00491
Last Modified: May 21, 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


When I use the Auto Exterior Dimensions or Manual Dimension tools, the dimension lines do not locate walls where I want them to. How can I adjust their settings?


You can specify how Manual and Auto Exterior Dimension lines locate both interior and exterior walls by changing the settings in the Dimension Defaults dialog.

To modify the manual dimension defaults

  1. With a plan open, select Edit> Default Settings , select the Dimension option, then click Edit.

    Note: Temporary Dimensions, which display when an object is selected and shows the distance between the object's selected edge and other objects, are not affected by adjusting these Dimension Defaults.

  2. On the Setup panel of the Dimension Defaults dialog that opens:

    • Choose whether or not to have Automatic Exterior Dimensions update or refresh any time a change is made to a wall, window or door.

    • Determine what wall layers dimensions will locate, either the wall's surface, or the wall's main layer.

    • Determine how interior walls will be marked, either the wall center, or both sides of the wall.

      Setup panel of the Dimension Defaults dialog

      In Home Designer Pro, this information is on the Locate Objects panel, which offers more control over locating objects such as Cabinets, CAD Objects, Furniture, Openings, Framing, and Fixtures.

  3. On the Format panel, you can make changes to dimensions such as the unit format, the decimal or fraction accuracy, and the location of dimension text.

    Format panel of the Dimension Defaults dialog

  4. On the Text Style panel, you can also adjust the way that text displays, such as the size, color and font for dimensions.

    Text Style panel of the Dimension Defaults dialog

    To learn more about the other options or settings in the Dimension Defaults dialog, click on the Help button located at the bottom.

  5. Once all of your desired changes have been made, click OK, then Done to close the dialog boxes.