Messages Received when Attempting to Center an Object.

Reference Number: KB-00822
Last Modified: June 30, 2016

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors

Home Designer Professional or Home Designer Architectural or Home Designer Suite or Home Designer Interiors or Home Designer Essentials


When I try to center an object like a door or window on a wall, various messages display, telling me that centering will not be done. How do I avoid this problem?  

"Ambiguous location for centering along a room edge, centering will not be done. Please click near the wall that defines the edge of the room you wish to center along."

"Items belonging to a wall can only be centered along a room edge that is parallel to the items wall."

"When centering along the edge of a room, you need to click on one or other side of the wall that defines the room edge. No centering will be done."


These messages will display when you click in a location that does not  allow the program to determine which wall of a room should be used to  center the object.

In order for the Center Object  tool to work, two conditions must be met: 

  1. You must click in the room that you want the object to be centered in;  

  2. You must click sufficiently near the wall that you want to center the object along without actually clicking on the wall.    

It is important that you don't click on the wall that you wish to center the selected object along.

In Chief Architect X2 and prior, you do not receive the advanced feedback on centering that you do in Chief Architect X3 and newer, so the image below shows several instances of centering. The areas that the program can use to determine both the wall and the room that a door should be centered on are highlighted.