Element Menu

In creating your elements, you can make use of a wide range of facilities to add features and properties to each element, control each element's appearance and generate code from the element (if a Class or Interface).

Access Element

Element Management Options

Option

Action

See also

Properties

Select this option to open the 'Properties' dialog for the element, at the 'General' tab, to view and edit the properties of the selected element.

Shortcut: Alt+Enter

Properties Dialog

Properties Page

Select this option to display a list of tabs of the element 'Properties' dialog that are common to most types of element.

Select one of the options to open the 'Properties' dialog for the element, at the selected tab.

Shortcut:

Find in Project

Select this option to find the currently selected element in the Project Browser.

If no element is selected, find the current diagram in the Project Browser.

Shortcut: Alt+G

Find in Diagrams

Select this option to list all occurrences of the currently selected element in any diagram.

Shortcut: Ctrl+U

Show Element Use

Discussions

Select this option to create, review and contribute to discussion threads on a selected element, using the Element Discussions window.

Shortcut:

Element Discussions

Relationships

Select this option to list the selected element's connectors in the Relationships window.

Shortcut: Ctrl+Shift+2

The Relationships Window

Linked Document

Select this option to create or open a rich text document attached to the selected element.

Shortcut: Ctrl+Alt+D

Create Linked Document on an Element

Browser

Select this option to explore the components of the selected element, in the Element Browser window.

Shortcut: Alt+9

The Element Browser

Structure

Select this option to add Tagged Values to the selected element, and manage how the element interacts with related elements, using the 'Structure' submenu.

Shortcut:

Structure Submenu

Appearance

Select this option to set up an alternative appearance for the element, or change the text font size or element size, using the 'Appearance' submenu.

Shortcut:

Appearance Submenu

Advanced

Select this option to set up references to other elements, or to change the element type of the selected element.

Shortcut:

Advanced Submenu

Attributes

Select this option to view and edit the attributes for the selected element.

Shortcut: F9

Create and Manage Attributes

Operations

Select this option to view and edit the operations (methods) for the selected element.

Shortcut: F10

Define Properties of Operations

Feature Visibility

Select this option to define which features and characteristics of the selected element are visible on a diagram, using the 'Feature and Compartment Visibility' dialog.

Shortcut: Ctrl+Shift+Y

Feature Visibility

Edit Features Inline

Select this option to make changes to the properties and features of the element within the element shape on the diagram, through the element 'Inline Features' submenu.

Shortcut:

Inline Features Submenu

Testing

Select this option to display a list of test types (Test Classes) and, when you select a type, to display the Testing window showing the tests of that type defined for the selected element.

You can change the type of tests shown in the Testing window using the drop-down arrow in the left hand end of the window toolbar.

Shortcut: Alt+3

Working on Test Records

Maintenance

Select this option to display a list of maintenance item types and, when you select a type, to display the appropriate maintenance window for that item, showing the recorded items for the selected element.

Shortcut: Alt+4

Working on Maintenance Items

Project Management

Select this option to display a short list of Project Management item types (resource allocation, effort, risk and metric) and select one of these to create and manage records for the selected element, using the appropriate version of the Project Management window.

Shortcut:

The Project Management Windows

Generate Documentation

Select this option to generate a document report on the selected element.

Shortcut: F8

Document Reports