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  1. Dermot

    Create room with only Interior Dimensions

    Chief Architect Premier X9 should have all of those options.
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    Create room with only Interior Dimensions

    If you are mostly doing interior work, try this: - In your General Wall Defaults, set the Resize About to Inner Surface and turn on Show Wall Length When Editing. - In your Auto Exterior Dimension Defaults, turn off Auto Refresh Dimensions - In your Temporary Dimension Defaults, turn on Locate Wall Surface and Locate Both Wall Sides
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    print to layout quality

    See if this tech article helps: If not, then you should post a plan and layout that demonstrates the problem you are seeing. If all else fails, then you may want to contact technical support during normal business hours.
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    stairs not showing on both floors

    Stairs will only display automatically on the floor above if they within an open below room. You can either create a fake room around your exterior stair using invisible walls or use the reference display to display them. One advantage of the fake room solution is that the up arrow will automatically switch to a down arrow and you have some more control over how stair break lines will display.
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    See if this tech article helps:
  6. You can't take your user library from X12 and import it into X11 (at least not easily). You also can't take any plans created in X12 and open them up in X11 (although you can export a plan as 2D cad and import this into X11 and trace over it). Your best bet is to try and resolve your X12 issues. These kinds of problems are almost always hardware or system issues, usually video card related. I would encourage you to review this tech article (if you have not already done so): I would also recommend that you continue to work with our technical support team to see if you can get this resolved.
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    How to delete a manually created layer

    Just to clarify... You can only delete a layer that is not being used. When you see the big red "+" symbol, it means the layer is being used somewhere in your plan. If you hoover your mouse over the "+", the program will give you some hints for where to look.
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    You might want to check out this thread too:
  9. I was told that we were not participating in the virtual event this year. I doubt that we would have passes to give out as a result. You should call our sales team during normal business hours to confirm if you want to be sure.
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    Wall cabinets

    There is only one wall cabinet default in a plan but you can customize it to be any style you want. You can also save different cabinet styles in the library. As for corner cabinets, if you try to place a default cabinet into a wall corner, it should automatically switch to a corner cabinet. You can also change a cabinet into a corner cabinet from the dialog box.
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    Angled Porch Columns

    Sloped soffits work well for something like a false beam sitting against a sloped ceiling. For your situation, I would probably use a polyline solid drawn in an elevation view. You could also take a symbol and rotate it if your post was a more complex shape.
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    Text Arrows Moving

    By default, arrowhead lines can attach to other objects at both the head and tail. You can tell whether or not the arrow head or tail is attached by selecting it. If the end handle is filled, then it is attached. If the end handle is open, then it is not attached. If you move or resize an object that has an attached arrow, then the program will also move the arrow to keep it attached. If you want to disable this automatic behavior, you can turn off "Attach Head to Other Objects" and/or "Attach Tail to Other Objects" in the Line Specification dialog. The picture below shows an arrow attached to both a text object and a cabinet. If you move either the cabinet or the text, the arrow will move as well. I can't really tell much from your picture but it is possible that either the head or tail is connected to some other object then the one you thought it was. You may have modified this other object causing the arrow to move.
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    Wall legend?

    This video might help:
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    How to stop auto adjusting wall edges...

    Just to add to what Michael has said... You can usually tell which object is selected by looking at the edit handles and highlighting. If you are having trouble telling which object is selected, look at the status bar and it should tell you what is selected (either "Wall" or "Window" in this case). The dimensions can represent multiple objects and in this case they show can show the wall length along with the window size and position. The only way the program knows which object you want to modify is based on which object is currently selected. If the window is selected, the program will adjust either the window position or size depending on which dimension you select. If the wall is selected, the program will adjust the wall length based on the dimension you have selected. Here are some videos that might also help:
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    TECHNICAL HELP (graphics card? ram?)

    You may also wish to review the recommendations here: