Copy Elements Between Packages

You can quickly and easily duplicate one or more elements, including their child elements and diagrams, across packages. You can insert a copy of an element under one or more other packages, in the same project file or any other project file.

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Copying Elements

In the Project Browser, select each required element, right-click on one of them and select the Copy Element(s) to Clipboard context menu option.

Alternatively, click on a selected element and press ( Ctrl+C ).

The Copy Element(s) to Clipboard dialog briefly displays until the copy operation completes.

 

 

Pasting Elements

In the Project Browser, right-click on the package into which to paste the copied elements, and select the Paste Element(s) from Clipboard context menu option.

Alternatively, click on the package and press ( Ctrl+V ).

The Paste Element(s) from Clipboard dialog briefly displays until the paste operation completes.

The target package is expanded and the pasted elements are exposed in the Project Browser. If you are pasting the elements within the same model as the copied source, the source parent package is also collapsed.

If the target package already contains:

An element of the same type with the same name as a pasted element, the pasted element name has the suffix - Copy
An element with the same name as the pasted element including the - Copy suffix, the suffix becomes - Copy1 (or - Copy 2, - Copy3 and so on, as copies of the element accumulate in the target package)

 

You can keep the same element names as the source, or you can rename each element either by clicking twice on it and editing the name in the Project Browser, or by double-clicking on it and editing the name in the Properties dialog.

 

 

Notes

A copy of an element does not have the external cross references of the source element; that is:
if one element is copied it has no connectors
if more than one element is copied, only the connectors between the copied elements are retained
however, if those elements come from a Sequence or Communication diagram and the diagram itself is not copied, the message connectors between the copied elements are not retained
You cannot paste an element into a package that is locked by another user or that is checked in; the Paste... option is grayed out in the context menu

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