Modify Properties

When you create an element and connect it to another element, you usually have to define various characteristics of both the element and the connector to identify the purpose and function they represent.  You do this using a Properties dialog.

When you create elements, Enterprise Architect automatically names and numbers them by type - for example, Class1, Class2 - so you should at least change the Name field to more easily identify each element. Enterprise Architect does not automatically name connectors, but for many connector types you should provide a name that describes the purpose of the connection.

How to modify the characteristics of a model element or connector

Step

Action

See also

1

Either:

Double-click on an element or connector in the diagram
Right-click an element in the Project Browser and, from the context menu, select Properties, or
Right-click a connector in a diagram and, from the context menu, select Properties

 

The appropriate Properties dialog displays.

 

Element Properties Dialog

Connector Properties Dialog

2

Modify the element or connector characteristics as required.

Element Properties Dialog

Connector Properties Dialog

 

3

Click on the OK button.

The Properties dialog closes.

The modifications are saved; the Project Browser and diagrams that contain the element are updated as necessary.

 

 

Notes

Enterprise Architect is initially configured to display the Properties dialog automatically when you create an element or connector, but it is easy (and often convenient) to turn the dialog display off
If the default display has been turned off, you can display the Properties dialog by either double-clicking on the element or connector in the diagram or by right-clicking on it in the Project Browser and selecting the Properties menu option