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Using the Diagram Panel

The 'Diagram' Panel provides a collection of tools for managing the use of diagrams and for manipulating the appearance and presentation of elements in a diagram.

Available Facilities

Many of these facilities are activated when you open a diagram in the Diagram View.

Facility

Description

See also

Save

Click on the icon to save changes to the current diagram.

Manage

Click on the drop-down arrow to display a list of options for managing the diagram's behavior.

  • Properties - set the diagram properties using the 'Diagram Properties' dialog.
  • Set as Model Default - set the current diagram to automatically display when any user opens the model
  • Set as User Default - set the current diagram to automatically display when you open the model
  • Add to Working Set - add the diagram to a working set to open when you open the model
  • Compare to Baseline - compare the current diagram layout with the layout captured in a Baseline
  • Change Type - change the diagram type
  • Show Property Note - display the diagram property notes on the current diagram
  • Sequence Communication Messages - (in a Communication diagram) change the sequence of messages
  • Make All Elements Selectable - set all elements in the current diagram to Selectable, so that you can move them around the diagram and perform operations on them (make elements unselectable by right-clicking on them and clicking on the 'Unselectable' option)
  • Save as Profile - save the diagram as a UML Profile
Re-Order Messages Change Diagram Type Export a Profile Insert Diagram Properties Note Working Sets Check Visual Changes to Diagrams Set Diagram Properties

Appearance

Click on the drop-down arrow to display a list of options for configuring the appearance of the current diagram.

  • Show Status Colors (All Diagrams) - display status colors on the status compartment or borders of all status-applied elements on all diagrams you review; deselect to hide status colors
  • Configure Status Colors - set the status types and colors, using the 'Status' page of the 'General Types' dialog
  • Theme & Appearance Options - set the theme and appearance options for all diagrams that you review, using the 'Diagram > Themes' page of the 'Preferences' dialog
  • Hand Drawn - display the current diagram in 'hand drawn' mode; deselect the option to revert to normal display
  • White Board - display the current diagram in 'white board' mode; deselect the option to revert to normal display
  • Standard - as an alternative, if the current diagram is in 'hand-drawn' or 'white board' mode, select this option to revert to normal display
  • Hide Page Borders (All Diagrams) - hide the printable-page border lines on all diagrams that you review; deselect the option to redisplay the borders (overridden by the 'Hide page borders (current diagram)' setting on the 'Diagram' page of the 'Diagram Properties' dialog)
Configure Diagram Display Diagram Theme Options Status Types

Edit

Click on the drop-down arrow to display a list of options for selecting, copying and pasting elements on the current diagram.

  • Select by Type - specify an element type and - if appropriate - stereotype, and select all elements of that type in the diagram
  • Clear Selection - clear all selections in the diagram
  • Select All - select every object in the diagram
  • Copy - copy any selected elements to the clipboard
  • Paste as Link - paste elements from the clipboard into the diagram as links to the original elements (the elements being copied from a different diagram)
  • Paste as New - paste elements from the clipboard into the diagram as new elements; the 'Paste Elements as New' dialog displays, on which you change the names of the new elements
  • Paste Image from Clipboard - paste a single image of the copied element(s) and any connectors between them from the clipboard into the current diagram; the image is enclosed within a System Boundary, and the element images cannot be selected or moved within the boundary
  • Autosize Selected - returns the selected element(s) to the default size for the element type, or to the minimum size that can show the element contents; the resizing operates from the center of the element, so that you do not have to reorganize the diagram layout
System Boundary Properties Copy Elements Between Diagrams

Swimlanes

Click on this icon to divide the currently-open diagram into logical areas or partitions using the 'Swimlanes' page of the 'Swimlanes and Matrix' dialog.

Swimlanes

Roadmap

Click on this icon to convert the currently open diagram to a Roadmap with a timescale, using the 'Roadmap options' dialog.

Roadmap Diagrams

Persistent Zoom

This option provide five zoom settings that you can apply to your diagram:

  • 75%
  • 100%
  • 125%
  • 150%
  • 200%

When you select a zoom level, it persists when you close and re-open the diagram.

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