Message: Couldn't find electrical objects in the electrical library.

Reference Number: KB-00958
Last Modified: January 16, 2020

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors

Home Designer Professional


When I open a plan file created in a previous version of Chief Architect, the following message displays:

"Warning: Couldn't find electrical objects in the electrical library. Please check your electrical defaults to make sure all of your defaults are set to an available library object."

Why is this happening?


This message displays when a plan file is opened, and its electrical  defaults reference objects that are not present in the library of the  current program version.

There are a couple of reasons why an electrical object might not be present in the library.

  • It may have been an imported object or custom symbol created in the previous program version.

  • It may be an object that was made obsolete by changes to the installed library content.

  • The file may have originated in a much earlier version of the software, or if a plan template could not be found and a new one without defaults was created.

To resolve this issue, you need to change the electrical default settings in the plan.

If the plan file is from a much earlier version of the software, then it would be wise to recreate the plan in the current version.

To change electrical defaults

  1. Open the plan in which the Warning message is appearing and select Edit> Default Settings  from the menu.

  2. Select Electrical and click on the edit button to display the Electrical Defaults dialog.

     Electrical Default dialog box

    • Browse the list of Default Electrical Objects, clicking on each item in the list as you go.  

    • When an item is selected, its preview displays to the right.  If no default object has been selected, the preview is blank.  

    • If a selected item's preview says "Symbol Not Found" then an object has been selected at some point, but cannot be found in the library. Click the Library button beneath the preview and select a new symbol from the library.   

  3. When none of the Default Electrical Objects display "Symbol Not Found" in their previews, click OK to close the dialog and apply your changes.  

  4. Select File> Save  from the menu to save your changes so that the next time you open this file, the Warning message will not display.