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    Roof tools put unwanted walls and roofs.

    You might want to look into getting a student version, currently free and good until December 31, 2020: As a general rule, if you auto build roofs, the program will try to cover all enclosed spaces. If you have a lower floor that is not covered by the floor above, then the program will try to put a roof on it. And, once you have a roof, the program will try to extend any walls below it up to the lower side of the roof by creating attic walls to fill in the gaps. All of this behavior is controllable and can be turned off when needed. If you haven't done so already, I would highly encourage you to watch the roof training videos. Once you have the basics covered, you will be able to ask more specific questions. Here are some to get you started:
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    Bow Window Selection

    Tab should select the first of the component windows. Please note that all of the other component windows are actually just virtual copies of the first one. There is no way to make them different using the automatic bow window tool.
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    Changing electrical outlet default

    Or just place your GFCI outlets directly from the library. If you need to do this all the time, then customize your toolbars and use the Place Library Object tool with the GFCI assigned to it.
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    Foundation service door cutout

    As far as I know, no one has ever asked for this before. If you want the program to work differently, then I would encourage you to submit an actual feature request. We don't monitor the Q&A forum looking for hidden feature requests. To make a feature request, you should make a post on the suggestions forum here:
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    Furniture in Chief

    There are a lot of different things you can do to expand the content available: - If you can't find what you want in the core libraries that come with the program, you can use the Get Additional Content tool to download more libraries from the Chief website. All of this content has been designer to work well with Chief. - If you can't find what you want in any of our libraries, you can look online for 3D content that you can import directly into Chief. Please be aware that some online content is going to work better in Chief than others. Some of it may have very high surface counts and could really slow things down in Chief. - You can build your own objects using a wide variety of the tools within Chief. As noted above, the cabinet tools are very flexible and can be used as a basic building block for many other types of objects. You can also use the 3D primitives, shapes, and molding polylines to create all kinds of other things. I recommend that you design these things in separate plans and then convert them into architectural blocks or symbols that you can then add to your user library for reuse. - You can build your own objects using other 3D modeling software and then import them into Chief. There are a lot of things that I can design very easily in Chief and other things that I would not bother. For example, although I could design a toilet in Chief, I don't think it would be very easy so I probably wouldn't.
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    Just to clarify... The width of rails can be specified to be the same as the wall width or they can be set to a specific value. The railing is always centered using the thickness of the railing "wall". Making the wall type thicker is the easiest way to move a railing in from a deck edge. A very thin wall will allow you to move the rail so that it is centered on the deck edge. There is no "easy" way to move a deck railing out more from the deck edge for situations where you want to attach the railing to the outside of the deck. There are a variety of work-arounds to do this, such as Tommy's suggestion above. Using a search on this forum will show you some other techniques. This is a frequent request and already on our lengthy todo list. If it is something you need, please free to submit another feature request because the more it is requested the faster it moves up the list. You can also offset the newel posts independently of moving the railing using the wall thickness. This can be useful if you need to align the rails to one side of the posts.
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    Unlinking files

    See if my post in this thread helps:
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    Adding Symbols to Toolbar

    It's the Place Library Object tool. You can drop as many of these as you like into your toolbars. The first time you click on it, you will be able to assign a library object to it. If you ever want to change what is assigned to it, just double click on it.
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    There is some good information here that might help your buying decisions:
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    Question about Library vs Toolbar

    If you are using the door tools, you can modify your door defaults to be whatever you want but you are still limited to having only one default for each type of door. For example, you can only have one default exterior hinged door. So what if almost every house you design uses a different door between the garage and the house? Rather than change your default exterior door, you are probably better off getting it from the library. And if almost every house you design uses the same door in the garage, you could then setup a library toolbar button so that you don't have to go find it every time.
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    Copy imperial object into metric plan

    Depends on the type of object. Usually, just doing a copy/paste will not work. Saving the object to the library and then placing it in the new plan will usually work. If your object is something like a symbol that you imported from some other source, you should be able to convert the units using the advanced options from the Import 3D Symbol dialog.
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    reference layer displaying in layout

    Just to clarify, a layout box may or may not be linked to a saved plan view. If it is not linked to a saved plan view, you can change the reference display setting directly in the layout box dialog. If it is linked, you can either unlink it and change the settings in the layout box or keep it linked and change the settings in the saved plan view.
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    Lap and Stud from corner to opening discrepancy

    Just to clarify some things, in Chief, the door size does not include the thickness of the jamb so you will want to adjust your rough opening to account for this. Window frames are the opposite and are included in the size of the window. In the first picture below, I have a 2' 8" door with a 3/4" jamb thickness and 1" rough opening per side. This gives me a 1/4" gap on each side for the actual rough opening. I have built and displayed the wall framing so that this is more clear. This door fits easily when the walls are 3' 2" apart giving me enough room for my studs and casing. Please note how I drew my dimensions going to the framing and not to the drywall. If you want only 3" of clearance on the inside, you will either need to adjust the casing or turn on "Ignore Casing for Opening Resize" in your General Plan Defaults. Of course this will affect how you would need to frame it. In the second picture, note how I made the interior casing smaller so that this door would fit into a 3' 2" space. Please keep in mind that it's not just the casing width that affects this since the reveal also matters. In the picture, my casing is 2 1/4" wide with a 1/4" reveal which allows it to bump up against the 1/2" drywall to give me the 3" spacing shown in the dimension. I suspect that the original problem you were having had to do with your casing bumping against the drywall preventing you from positioning it where you wanted it.
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    Layout Question

    The drawing sheet setup for the layout should be set to 1:1. The drawing sheet setup for the plan should be set to something like 1/4":1'. This will control the default scale used when you send a view to the layout.
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    Chief Lags when moving walls or objects

    I recommend that you start with this tech article: