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Switch between a camera view and a floor plan view using tabs or by accessing the Window menu. You can also choose to have views tiled beside each other by using the Tile Horizontally and Tile Vertically options.
The shader model can be identified using a Microsoft utility called DirectX Capabilities Viewer. If the shader model is older than version 6, but the graphics card or chip is fairly new, the display driver may need to be updated.
GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlets can be added to your plans using the dedicated GFCI Outlet tool in Home Designer 2022 and newer versions, or by locating and placing the GFCI library symbol in Home Designer 2021 and prior versions.
Use the instructions in this article to backup Chief Architect content in the event a computer malfunction occurs. Additionally, it's helpful to have this same content backed up so that it can be transferred to another computer.
If you are having trouble installing your Chief Architect or Home Designer software program, or are receiving an error message or program crash working in the program, submit your technical issue to Technical Support using the Technical Support Center. If you have a question on how to accomplish a particular task in the software, check out these other resources for Training help.