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Create New Elements

The elements and connectors listed on the two menus depend on the type of the element you initially selected; for example, if you click on the Quick Linker arrow for a Class, the options are not the same as if you clicked on the arrow for an Actor. However, in either case the menus show the most appropriate, commonly used target elements and connectors for that initial element; you can create other target elements and connectors by selecting them from the appropriate Toolbox page.

Certain types of element - such as Action and Artifact - are available in a range of subtypes. You can select which subtype to create by holding down the Ctrl key as you select the main element type and connector. For an:

  • Action element, the 'New Action' dialog displays from which you select the Action subtype, such as CallOperation or SendObject
  • Artifact element, a submenu displays from which you select the Artifact subtype, such as Report Specification or Checklist


  • For rapid modeling, you can suppress the element 'Properties' dialog when creating new elements; see the option 'Start > Workspace > Preferences > Objects : Edit Object on New'
  • You can create a connector to an existing classifier from the Project Browser, by pressing Shift while clicking on the type of connector; the 'Select existing element' dialog displays on which you browse for and select the element, then the connector and element are added to the diagram

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