Package Browser Options

In building and managing your model you can use the Package Browser as a workbench to perform many operations, such as reorganizing the Package structure, adding new Packages and elements, and generating reports on the Package contents. You can also modify the display in a number of ways.

To perform all of these operations, you select options either through the icon on the Package Browser toolbar or through the context menu.

Access Project Browser | Right-click Package | View as List

Menu Options



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Add New

Add a new element to the Package.

The 'New Element' dialog displays.

Shortcut: Ctrl+N

Add Elements Directly to Packages

Edit Notes

Display the Notes window, to add or edit notes for the selected element. The cursor is positioned at the start of the text entry area of the window.

Shortcut: Ctrl+Shift+Space



Print the current contents of the Package Browser.

The 'Print' dialog displays, on which you specify the print job.

Generate Report

Display the 'Generate Documentation' dialog, to create one document report on the selected element(s). You can apply the full facilities of this dialog to tailor the report to your requirements.

Generate Documentation

Show Nested Package Content

Toggle the display between:

  • Including child Packages and their contents in the list, and
  • Showing only the first-level contents of the selected diagram or Package

Show Element Hierarchy

Toggle the display between:

  • Hierarchy format and
  • User-Defined, value-grouping format

Package Browser

Show Filter Bar

Display or hide the Filter Bar fields underneath the column headings, in any of which you can type a text string to filter the data in the corresponding column to show only data containing the typed string.

List Header

Show Group Bar

Display or hide the Group Bar (Drag a column header here to group by that column).

Note Options

Display a short menu from which you can select to:

  • Hide the contents of the Notes compartment of each element
  • Display the first few words as a preview, or
  • Display the full text of each note

Context Menu Options

Right-click on an item in the list of elements and Packages.



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Display the 'Properties' dialog for the selected element.

Properties Dialog

Edit Notes

Add or edit notes on the element, in the Notes window.

Shortcut: Ctrl+Shift+Space


Create Linked Document  (Edit Linked Document)

Create (or edit) a Linked Document.

(Corporate, Business and Software Engineering, Systems Engineering and Ultimate editions.)

Shortcut: Ctrl+Alt+D

Linked Documents Edit Linked Documents Create Linked Document on an Element

Delete Linked Document

(If the element has a linked document.)

Delete the existing linked document.

Add New Element

The 'New Element' dialog displays, through which you create an element of any type (after setting the appropriate toolset).

Add Elements Directly to Packages

Find in Diagrams


  • The diagram that uses the element, or
  • If the element is used in multiple diagrams, the 'Element Usage' dialog, which lists the diagrams that contain the element

Show Element Use

Find In Project Browser

Highlight the selected element in the Project Browser.

Bookmark Item

Bookmark the element.

Switch to Gantt View

If in Standard (or List) View format, switch the display to Gantt View format.

Package Browser Element View


Generate a document report; you have two options:

  • Generate a separate report on each selected object in the report
  • Generate one report on all selected objects

In either case, the 'Generate Documentation' dialog displays. If you have selected to generate separate reports, the 'Generate Documentation' dialog displays separately for each report in turn.

You also have the option to print the Package Browser list itself.

Generate Documentation

Sort Contents

In Hierarchy format, synchronize the list with the Project Browser hierarchy, to ensure that all element and Package hierarchies and sequences are - if necessary - updated.

Normally changes are updated automatically, but there can be delays if changes are made outside the Package Browser.


Reload the list of elements to refresh the order and content with any recent changes.

Add Tag Value Column

Add a column to show the values for a selected Tagged Value, for each element in the list (see Add Tagged Value Column).

Columns Layout

Preserve, apply or delete a profile of the column layout of the Package Browser display. A layout consists of the number of columns and (where the workstation screen layout permits) the column widths.

When you mouse-over this option, a submenu displays:

  • Load Columns Layout - displays a dialog in which you select to apply the default layout (all possible columns) or one that you have previously saved; click on the OK button to apply the layout
  • Save Columns Layout - displays a dialog in which you specify the name under which to save the layout - you can replace an existing layout by clicking on the drop-down list and selecting the name, or save as a new layout by typing a new name
  • Delete Columns Layout - displays a dialog in which you specify the layout profile to delete; when you click on the OK button, the profile is deleted (and cannot be retrieved again) but if that profile was in use when it was deleted, the layout persists until it is specifically changed, even if you close and re-open the Package Browser


Print the contents of the Package Browser.

The 'Print' dialog displays, on which you specify the print job.

Delete Selected

Delete the selected element from the Package Browser.

A confirmatory prompt displays; click on the Yes button.

Add Tagged Value Column

If you want to show the value that any element in the list has for a particular tag, you can add a read-only column for the tag. There are two ways in which to do this:



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Open the Tagged Values window for the element and drag the tag onto the Package Browser; a new column is added for each tag you drag onto the list.



  • Right-click on the element in the Package Browser or Diagram List, or
  • Right-click on the column headings

Then select the 'Add Tag Value Column' option; the 'Add Tag Value Column' dialog displays.

Either type the tag name into the 'Tagged Value' field, or select one of the two options:

  • Global Tagged Values - populates the 'Tagged Value' drop-down list with all global Tagged Values in the project; this enables you to select a Tagged Value that is applicable to a large number of elements
  • Tagged Values from the selected Element -  populates the 'Tagged Value' drop-down list with the Tagged Values defined for the selected element (as listed on the Tagged Values window for that element); this enables you to filter the initial selection to a specific set of tags

When you have selected the required tag, click on the OK button to insert a column for that tag into the Package Browser or Diagram List header.


  • In the Corporate, Business and Software Engineering, Systems Engineering and Ultimate editions of Enterprise Architect, if Auditing is turned on and the Package Browser is open, you can view a history of changes to any selected element or connector, in the 'Audit History' tab of the System Output window (if Security is enabled, you must have at least 'Audit View' permissions to display the audit history)

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