Editing the Shape of a Window

Reference Number: KB-01024
Last Modified: July 16, 2015

The information in this article applies to:

Home Designer Professional


I would like to edit the shape of my windows. How can I accomplish this in Home Designer Pro?


In Home Designer Pro, any non-symbol, fixed glass window can have its shape customized. 

To edit the shape of a window

  1. Before you begin, set your Window defaults by selecting Edit> Default Settings  to display the Default Settings dialog. 

  2. Next, click on the Window option to highlight it, and click on the Edit button to display the Window Defaults Specification dialog. 


    Note: Depending on your version of Home Designer Pro, the appearance of this dialog may vary. 

  3. On the General section of the Window Defaults dialog, use the Window Type drop-down menu to select Fixed Glass.

  4. Now we will select the Sill section and choose to remove the Exterior Sill by unchecking this box.

  5. You can also adjust the remaining of the default settings for windows in this dialog, however, for the purposes of this example, we will only make the change to these two items, and click OK.

Now you are ready to begin placing and editing windows in your plan.

To place a window

  1. Select Build> Window> Window  and click in the wall to place it.

  2. Select the Window, and click on the Open Object   edit tool to display the Window Specification dialog.

  3. Select the Shape section and use the options to adjust the shape of your window. 

    As with most of the dialogs in Home Designer Pro, if you are unfamiliar with the options listed in this dialog, selecting the Help button located at the lower right of the dialog will launch the software's context sensitive Help on this topic.

    A window that has been modified using the Shape tab cannot have divided lites or shutters added in the Window Specification dialog.

  4. You will notice that as you make changes, the preview of the cabinet in the dialog updates, as shown in the example below.

    The Match Roof button has the program match the angle of the top of the window to the pitch of the roof on a gable end. The window maintains the angle even when resized and repositioned.

    Top Left Corner and Top Right Corner must be unchecked for this to work

The Arch section also allows you to adjust the shape of a window, however, keep in mind that the settings on the Shape section take precedence over those on the Arch section.

 If the window's Shape has been modified, you can select an Arch, but it will have no effect on the window's appearance.

To use the Arch panel

  1. Select the Arch section, and use the Type drop-down menu to specify the type of Arch that you want the window to have.


  2. In the example at the top of this article, the Lites section was also specified to have a Ray Count for the top, arched portion of the window. 

  3. Click OK when you have finished making changes in this dialog to apply them. 

Finally, this section of the article applies if the window is placed in a curved wall.  Select the Casing section to access the following options.

Door and window casing and jamb can be constructed three ways in curved walls:

- Both window sash and casing are straight. Straight casing may not fit properly into a wall if the window is too wide or the curvature of the wall, too tight. 


- The sides of the casing or jambs are inserted in the wall at an angle that passes through the center of the curve.

- The sides of the casing are inserted in the wall at a right angle to the line tangent to the curved wall at the center of the window.

Normally, parallel casing has a straight sash. Radial casing is more like traditional curved windows, and typically has a curved sash.