clicking dimensions


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This seems like it should be very easy, but I can't get it to work. I only just started using this CAD about an hour ago, so be gentle.


I have drawn walls, it automatically added dimensions. If I try to click on the dimensions it brings up the "dimension line specification" box, which I don't want. I just want the type in the value of the dimension. I've seen it pop up, but I can't repeat it. 


What am I doing wrong?




If I click on the 139 7/8" it pops this up:



I don't want to change that! I want to change the length.

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Answers often depend on which title (Suite, Pro etc) and version (2018, 2019 etc) you are using.


You can help everyone by adding that info to your signature (see below for how to turn them on) by clicking on your user name at the top right of the page, click Account Settings, then Signature on the left.


Doing so makes it always available, and keeps others from having to hunt for it.


And, turn on signature display too.






Many questions have been asked and answered. The Home Designer website is a good place to start your search.


Here is a video about searching the forum:



Resources for self help:


The built in Help System (always a good place to start)




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Lots of videos and info via the links above. 


There is a Tutorial linked under the Help Menu.


You might want to start with the last link -- Home Designer - Getting Started - Setting Preferences and Defaults

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I'm using Home Designer Architectural 2021. I just added it to my signature for future reference, good suggestion.


I think I figured it out. I found if I clicked on the wall/window/door first, then the dimension I was able to change the number. That is VERY unintuitive interface, but I can understand why it's necessary.

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That's a fair point. I come from a background in Solidworks CAD, which is great for engineering, not for architecture. SW takes a best guess at which object remains stationary and which one expands/contracts. Certainly makes me recognize the complexity under the hood.

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