Objects

In modeling with elements, you can configure the standard contents of the elements you create and view and, in diagrams, how they are rendered and how the system responds to actions you take on them.

Access     Tools | Options (Ctrl+F9) | Objects

Control element appearance and behavior

Field/Button

Action

See also

Version

Type in the default version number or code for new elements.

 

 

Phase

Type in the default phase number or code for new elements.

 

 

Highlight References

Select the checkbox to highlight parameters in operations that are passed by reference rather than value.

 

Operation Parameters by Reference

Reference Char(s)

Type in a character or character string to act as the reference.

 

 

Prefix/Suffix

Select the appropriate radio button to display the Reference Char(s) value as either a prefix or a suffix on the operation parameter.

 

 

Warn about spaces in class names

Select the checkbox to display a warning message when a Class, operation or attribute name has embedded spaces (which can cause coding problems).

Deselect the checkbox to hide such messages.

 

 

Classes honor analysis stereotypes

Select the checkbox to show Classes as their stereotype; for example, if a Class is stereotyped as a Boundary, it appears as a Boundary rather than a Class.

Deselect the checkbox to show the element as its base type; that is, as a Class.

 

 

Show stereotype icon for requirements

Select the check box to show a code letter in the top right corner of Requirement
(E, for external), Change (C) and Issue (I) elements.

Deselect the checkbox to hide the indicator letter.

Requirements

Changes

Issues (Defects)

 

Support for Composite Objects

Select the checkbox to:

Display a hashed border within a valid parent element when you drag a potential child element onto it in a diagram
Automatically embed the child element in their parent element in the model, when you drag and drop the child element onto the parent element in a diagram
Automatically disengage the child element from the parent (break the child-parent relationship) in the model when you drag the child element out of its parent element
 

Deselect the checkbox to not display the hashed border and to not embed the child element in the parent in the model.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Move Elements Within Diagrams

Auto-resize marks diagram 'dirty'

Select the checkbox to set auto-resizing of elements as an unsaved change to the diagram (displaying an asterisk on the diagram tab), so that you must manually save the diagram to protect the change.

Deselect the checkbox to automatically save autosizing changes.

 

 

Highlight {abstract} elements

Select the check box to indicate, on a diagram, Classes set as abstract by displaying the tag {abstract} below and to the right of the Class name.

 

Element Details

Allow elongated Use Cases

Select the checkbox to allow Use Cases or Use Case extension points to elongate to accommodate long names.

If you deselect the checkbox, Use Case re-sizing is proportional and the 'make same height/width' menu options are blocked.

 

 

 
Operations on Multiple Elements

Show status colors on diagrams

Select the checkbox to display color coding in Requirement, Change and Issue elements, and any other types of element you have set color coding on.

Deselect the checkbox to display the status bands and element shadows in the standard fill and shadow colors.

 

Color Code External Requirements

Status Types

Copy inheritance links on duplicate

Select the checkbox to duplicate Inheritance and Realization connectors when you copy their elements.

 

 

Port and Part type visible by default

 

Select the checkbox to show Port and Part types on the diagram by default.

 

Show buttons for selected Object on diagram

Select the checkbox to enable the display of the floating toolbar buttons to the right of an object when you select it.

FloatingButtons
 

Deselect the checkbox to not display these toolbar buttons or element icons.

 

Element Icons

Edit Object on New

Select the checkbox to automatically display the element Properties dialog when a new element is added to a diagram.

Deselect the checkbox to simply create the element without displaying the Properties dialog.

 

 

Show «column» stereotype

Select the checkbox to show the «column» stereotype as a heading in Table elements, when data modeling.

Deselect the checkbox to just display the column names without the «column»  heading.

 

Example Data Model Diagram

Extend Complexity

Select the checkbox to extend levels of complexity to five levels in the Complexity field in the element Properties dialog:

Easy
Medium
Difficult
Extreme
Unknown

 
Deselect the checkbox to restrict the field to three options (omitting Extreme and Unknown).

 

General Settings (of element properties)

UML 1.5 Components

Select the checkbox to perform your modeling using UML 1.5 components (Enterprise Architect versions from 4.0 onwards default to using UML 2.x).

 

 

Show State Compartment

Select the checkbox to show, in a State element, the State compartment divider under the State name.

 

Example State Machine

Show Duplicate Tags

Select the checkbox to enable duplicate tag names to be shown in the element Tagged Values compartment and in the Tagged Values window for the element.

The system defaults to hiding duplicate tag names, to avoid displaying inherited and overridden Tagged Values. It is useful to display the duplicate tags when you are revising them; for example, when you are adding namespaces and labels in ODM.

 

 

 

 

ODM Commands

Group Operations by Stereotype

Select the checkbox to group an element's operations by their stereotype, in the element's operations compartment on the diagram.

The order in which the stereotypes are listed is determined by the order of the operations in the Operations dialog for the element - if operation AA with stereotype Z is the first in the operation list, stereotype ZZ is first in the stereotype list.

Deselect the checkbox to list the operations ungrouped, in the order in which they appear in the Operations dialog for the element..

 

General Properties of Operations

Group Attributes by Stereotype

Select the checkbox to group an element's attributes by their stereotype, in the element's attributes compartment on the diagram.

The order in which the stereotypes are listed is determined by the order of the attributes in the Attributes dialog for the element - if attribute AA with stereotype Z is the first in the attribute list, stereotype ZZ is first in the stereotype list.

Deselect the checkbox to list the attributes ungrouped, in the order in which they appear in the Attributes dialog for the element.

 

General Properties of Attributes

Sort Features Alphabetically

Select the checkbox to list element features of each type alphabetically. Features include Attributes, Operations, Tags, Constraints and Test Cases.

Deselect the checkbox to list the features in the order in which they are defined (if not alphabetical) in the corresponding dialog or window for the feature.

To observe the effects of selecting or deselecting the checkbox, you must close the diagram and reload it.

 

 

Disable spelling

Select the checkbox to turn off automatic spell checking.

Deselect the checkbox to resume automatic spell checking.

The spelling checker operates on the view, dialog or window where you initially enter the text strings.

 

Spell Checking

Advanced

Click on this button to specify which types of element should be listed in RTF reports and in diagram packages.

Some types of element do not appear in packages and in RTF output by default. You use this facility to include such types.

 

Customize Visibility of Elements

Close

Click on this button to save the changes you have made, and to close the Options dialog.