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M. To change a default section database

To change the section database used the default for a particular country and material combination, use the following procedure.

The latest edition of each country's database is selected as the default value. However, to use older editions of catalogs (e.g., when historical sections in the AISC database are needed), you may want to change the default catalog used. Please note that some catalogs are significantly larger, such as the "AISC Steel Profiles (All Editions)" and this can slow dialog loading times.

This procedure is also used if your organization has developed a custom section database.

  1. Select the Section Database tool in the Tools group on the Specifications ribbon tab.

    The Section Database Manager application opens.
  2. On the Home ribbon tab, select the Configuration tool in the Options group.

    The Default Database Configuration dialog opens.
  3. (Optional) Select the Default Country from the drop-down list. This will be the first country expanded when the Section Profiles Tables dialog open is opened.
  4. Select the tab corresponding to the material type.
  5. For a particular Country, select a default database from the drop-down list in the Selected Database field.
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 to change additional default databases.
  7. Click Save.
  8. Click Close.
Tip: Alternatively, you can navigate to the database you want to use as the default for a particular country and material combination in the Contents panel. Then, right-click and select Set as Default Database from the pop-up menu.