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Use this command to insert a door into a wall.

Select the 'Doors' button Doors button and the following dialog box appears.

Door settings dialog

Use the scroll bar or drop down list to select the door type. Set the values as required. The dialog box is spilt into 2 tab pages.


Door Tab



This option specifies that a plan view of the selected door will be used.



This option specifies that an elevation view of the selected door will be used.



The width of the opening created in the wall.



This is the height of the opening which is used in automatic elevation creation and the 3D Viewer.

Inner Sill


Inner sill projection distance

Inner Sill


Inner sill extension distance (both sides)

Outer Sill


Outer sill projection distance

Outer Sill


Outer sill extension distance (both sides)



Door jamb width



Door jamb depth



The Jamb position can be on either the exterior, interior, centrally or a user offset distance in the wall.



If the justification is set to 'offset' the distance measured fro the outer wall face is entered here.



The door angle measured in the direction of opening from the closed position (zero). This is only used for the first door if a double door is selected.


1st Door Width

This is the width of the 1st door if a double door is inserted .


2nd Door Angle

If a double door then this is the 2nd door angle measured in the direction of opening from the closed position (zero).


Wall Break Tab

Door wall break settings

Select the wall break type for cavity and solid wall types when inserting doors, windows and openings. The appropriate value boxes are available for some of the options. Set the requirement and click OK. These settings remain until changed, and are stored with the individual door, window and opening.


Once all of the settings are correct in the Door and Wall Break tab pages click OK.


The insertion procedure differs depending on the status of the Plan/Elevation option :-


Plan option


The dialog box closes and the command prompt reads:


Give Insertion Point on wall:

At this point if you move the cursor over a wall dynamic dimensions are displayed to allow you to position the door accurately, these dimensions update as you move the cursor (You can modify the increment of the dimension movement).

If you move the cursor past the centre line of the wall the dimensions flip and reference the appropriate points on that side of the wall, see below.

Doors dimension side example 1Doors dimension side example 2

In each of the pictures above you will see that the dimension text of one of the four dynamic dimensions is enclosed in brackets, this is the controlling dimension. It is possible to define the door position by typing a value into the Distance Input box. If a value is typed into this box the padlock button to the right locks lock button. This locks that dimension and the cursor can only be moved across the wall to flip the dimension. It is possible to change the controlling dimension by hitting the tab keykey on the keyboard. Doing this moves the controlling dimension to the other end of the wall. Therefore it is possible to specify any of the four dynamic dimensions as the controlling dimension by moving the cursor either side of the wall and using the tab keykey. If the value entered is greater than the wall length plus the door width then the controlling dimension value is adjusted to show the maximum allowable distance. To change the value simply modify the value in the Distance Input box. To clear the value entered and allow the door to be moved 'freely' along the wall click the padlock button again so it is displayed as follows unlock button.

You can modify the Door justification if required using the justification option box in the Ribbon. Doors justification option

This justification is orientated when viewing the external wall face, see below.  

Doors justification example


Simply click into place once the desired position is achieved. The structural opening is created and the wall ends are capped. The door is placed and the prompt reads:


Give door alignment:

Simply move the cursor and the door will flip between the four quadrants, click to accept the position you require.


The command automatically repeats to allow the door to be placed in additional positions.
See Modifying/Moving a Door for information on how an door can be edited.


Elevation option

The dialog box closes and the command prompt reads:


Give Insertion Point:


The insertion procedure is the same as for insertion of any other Symbol.


The selected door elevation is attached to the cursor for placement anywhere on the drawing using any of the snaps and input options.


NOTE:  The door elevation is non-intelligent Symbol unlike the plan view of the same which is remembers the wall it is inserted into. Therefore after inserting an elevation view of a door the command does not repeat. This is because after clicking 'OK' in the dialog box the program uses a standard Insert Symbol function to place the door. Because the door elevation is non-intelligent Symbol it can only be modified with the same options as with Modifying/Moving any other Symbol. i.e. you cannot double-click on the door elevation and return to the door dialog box.


See for more information of a Insert a Door/Window/Opening elevation