Using the Dimension Tools

Reference Number: KB-01002
Last Modified: November 24, 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


How do I use the different dimension tools in Home Designer?


Select CAD> Dimension to access the Dimension Tools. For information on specific dimension tools and methods, see the following list:

Not all of the dimension tools listed in this article are available in all of the various version of Home Designer.

If you are interested in upgrading to a higher version of the software that has one of the tools listed here, please contact the Sales department to discuss your upgrade options. 

Keep in mind that with the exception of Angular Dimensions, dimension lines only locate objects that are parallel, or nearly parallel to one another, and should be drawn orthogonal (at right angles) to the objects being located.

Once created, Manual, Interior and Auto Exterior Dimension lines can be selected and edited.


Manual Dimensions 

*Available in all Home Designer programs.

To display the distance between two objects, select CAD> Dimension> Manual Dimension and drag a dimension line near or through the objects.

  • Manual  Dimensions locate objects as specified in the Dimension Defaults dialog.


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Interior Dimensions

*Available in Home Designer Interiors, Home Designer Suite, Home Designer Architectural, and Home Designer Pro

Draw Interior Dimension lines parallel to walls in floor plan view to create interior dimensions.

  • The Interior Dimension tool locates interior wall surfaces only. It does not dimension between surfaces in the same wall.

  • Interior Dimensions locate either the wall surface or the main layer,      depending on the settings in the Dimension      Defaults dialog. 

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Auto Exterior Dimensions

*Available in Home Designer Suite, Home Designer Architectural, and  Home Designer Pro 
The Auto Exterior Dimension tool generates dimensions around a plan's exterior in floor plan view.

  • The dimension lines locate walls and openings as specified in Dimension Defaults dialog.

  • Auto Exterior Dimensions do not generate properly if there is a gap in the exterior walls.

  • These dimensions can be edited individually, but all such editing is lost if Auto Exterior Dimensions are created again.

  • There       are a maximum of three rows of automatically generated  dimensions    per    exterior wall direction.

      1.  The innermost dimension  line locates     exterior   walls, interior walls, and all openings in  exterior walls.

      2.  The second   dimension line locates exterior and  interior walls.

      3.  The     outermost   dimension line is the overall  exterior dimension. 

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Auto Interior Dimensions

*Available in Home Designer Interiors, Home Designer Suite, Home Designer Architectural & Home Designer Pro.

The Auto Interior Dimensions tool can be used in floor plan view in either of two ways:

  • Select CAD> Dimensions> Auto Interior Dimensions  to generate interior dimensions measuring each wall on the current floor.

  • Select one or more rooms and click the Auto Interior Dimensions   edit tool in the bottom left edit toolbar to generate interior dimensions that measure each wall  defining the selected room(s).

Auto Interior Dimension lines are generated inside of the rooms they measure and locate walls, openings, and other objects as specified in the Auto Interior Dimension Defaults dialog.

Auto Interior Dimensions do not recognize the No Locate setting for walls. If a wall is specified as No Locate, Auto Interior Dimensions will locate it anyway.

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End to End Dimensions

*Available in Home Designer Pro only.

Use the End to End Dimension tool to dimension between any two defined objects in floor plan view.

  • Select CAD> Dimension> End to End Dimension ,   then drag the dimension from the first object to the second object.  The  dimension line snaps to each object, ignoring any other objects  located  between either end.

  • End-to-End Dimensions locate  objects as  specified on the Locate  Objects tab and lying within the  Manual Reach  distance specified in  the Dimension Defaults dialog. 

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Point to Point Dimensions

*Available in Home Designer Pro only.

The Point to Point Dimension tool dimensions between any two locations.
  • If you click or release the mouse within 3" of an object using the Point to Point Dimension tool, that object is located.

  • If no object can be found near the      beginning or end of the dimension line, a point marker is created. Point      markers have no text and display as a "+" at either end of the      dimension line.

  • Point markers can be selected and edited.  If the objects or point markers located by a Point to Point Dimension line are moved, the dimension updates to reflect the change.

  • Objects and point markers located by a Point to Point Dimension line can be accurately relocated by specifying new dimension values. 

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Angular Dimensions

*Available in Home Designer Pro only.

The Angular Dimension tool displays the angle between any two straight edges, including    lines, walls, the sides of boxes, the straight sides of polylines,    cabinets, and soffits.

  • Click the first line, then drag    and release on the second. The line start and end points should be as    close as possible to the objects.

    Do not pull the angular dimension  past   the object as you might with a normal straight dimension line.

  • Angular Dimensions can be selected and moved by  dragging from a    handle along the arc in its middle.

    The dimension  moves to maintain   the  location of its own arc center. If one of the  dimensioned objects   is  moved, the angular dimension adjusts, but may  have to be moved   manually  to a more visible position.

  • Any straight line or side within a CAD block can    be dimensioned, as well. Edges nested up to four levels deep within a    CAD block can be dimensioned.

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Display Temporary Dimensions

*Available in Home Designer Pro only.

Temporary Dimensions display when an object is selected and show the        distance between the selected object and other objects.

  • Select View > Display Temporary Dimensions to turn on or off the display of temporary dimensions. This toggle        affects all views and is saved between launches of Home Designer Pro.

  • As        with other dimension lines, Temporary Dimensions only locate    objects     that are parallel or nearly parallel to one another.

  • A    temporary     dimension will not display when an object is selected if a    manually     drawn dimension line locating that object is already    present and is     drawn parallel to the temporary dimension that would    be created. 

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Moving Objects Using Dimensions

*Available in all version 9 and newer versions of Home Designer

Most objects can be moved by changing an automatic, manual or         temporary dimension value that locates it. This technique can be applied         in nearly any situation where dimensions are present, including        angular  dimensions.

  • Your pointer indicates which dimensions can be used to relocate the selected object by changing to a pointing hand icon. Click on the dimension when the pointing hand icon is present, and then enter the new value you wish to use.

  • Another way to tell is to select an object and drag it in the desired          direction. As you drag, note which dimensions update. These        dimensions   are the dimensions that can be used to move that object.

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