Start ARCHICAD

See ARCHICAD License Types for more information.
If you have a license available, the Start ARCHICAD Dialog Box appears.
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Use a Template: Click the pop-up to choose a template.
At the top of the list is the default template shipped together with the current version of ARCHICAD. (It is saved to the Defaults folder when you install ARCHICAD.) Defaults folder locations:
On PC: C:\Program Files\Graphisoft\ARCHICAD 20\Defaults\ARCHICAD
On Mac: \Applications\Graphisoft\ARCHICAD 20\Defaults\ARCHICAD
Note: A template is a read-only project file, which contains all preferences settings, placed construction and drawing elements and tool default settings of the project. (When starting a new project based on a template, you are in fact opening a copy of this template file as “Untitled”).
The next section contains any additional template files saved to the “Templates” folder, located here:
On PC: Documents and Settings\user\Graphisoft\ARCHICAD Templates.
On Mac: Library\Application Support\Graphisoft\ARCHICAD Templates.
Or select Browse Template to choose a template file from any other location.
Note: This can be the perfect solution for you, if you always work with the same standard definitions. However, if you last opened and worked on a project that was created by another person, you may find that your preferred settings are off. If you do not wish to return to the program’s default settings, open a project that you are familiar with, then close it and start the new project again: this time, Latest Project Settings will mean the settings you are familiar with.
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Browse for a Solo Project. Choose this button, then click the “Browse” button at bottom left to bring up a file directory dialog box.
Note: If you want to open a Teamwork project from ARCHICAD 12 or earlier (file extension .plp, .bpn, .plc), you must first open it as a solo project. Thus, use the first radio button above, “Browse for a Solo Project,” for if you are opening an older Teamwork Project.
See Open Older (pre-13) Teamwork Files in ARCHICAD 20 for more information on converting older Teamwork projects.
Note: Another way to open a recent project is by selecting from the list at the bottom of the File > Open submenu.
Last Profile Used: This option will apply the profile that was in effect when you last closed ARCHICAD, including any unnamed Custom schemes and undefined schemes.
Default Profile: This is either the factory-shipped default profile, or else the profile you have manually set to be the default using the controls of the Work Environment Dialog Box.
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