Workspace Layouts

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The Workspace Layouts toolbar provides a range of facilities for changing the content and layout of the Enterprise Architect workspace.

You can move this toolbar to any dockable position and it retains that position in subsequent sessions. You can hide or show the toolbar by clicking on the View | Toolbars | Workspace Layouts menu option.

The facilities on the toolbar, from left to right, are described in the following paragraphs.

Save Workspace Layout As

If you have manually created or adjusted an arrangement of windows and toolbars to suit your work requirements, you can capture that layout for future use.

Click on the toolbar icon and, in the Custom Workspace Layout Name field at the bottom of the Save Custom Workspace Layout dialog, type a name for the layout. Click on the Save button. The layout is added to the Available Custom Workspace Layouts list.

You can also select an existing workspace layout from the list and save the new layout under the existing name.

Manage Workspace Layouts

The Manage Workspace Layouts icon displays the Workspace Layout dialog, which lists the currently-available user-defined and system layouts.

WorkspaceLayoutDialog

In the Existing Workspace Layout panel at the bottom of the dialog, the Based On: field identifies the defined layout that the current workspace layout was derived from - you might have moved or closed windows since applying that layout. The highlighted (Copy of existing Workspace Layout) at the top of the Workspace Layout dialog is a capture of the workspace layout immediately before you opened the dialog.

Change Layout

You can now change the layout in the Existing Workspace Layout panel to:

  • The original layout (as identified by the Based On: field), discarding any changes you might have made
  • The Copy of existing Workspace Layout, preparatory to saving the changes in a new named layout
  • One of the other named layouts.

To change the layout in use, either:

  • Double-click on the required layout name
  • Click on the layout name and click on the Apply button or OK button, or
  • Right-click on the layout name and select the Apply context menu option.

When the layout in use changes, the layout name in the toolbar Workplace Layout Selection field also changes.

Copy Layout

To copy a layout (such as the one at the top of the list), either:

  • Change the layout in use to the required layout (as above) and click on the Save As button, or
  • Right-click on the layout name and select the Save As context menu option.

The Save Custom Workspace Layout dialog displays.

SaveCWLayout

In the Custom Workspace Layout Name field, type a name for the layout. Again, by selecting an existing name you can change an existing layout to something different. Click on the Save button.

If you already have tailored windows or views that you want to include in your selected layout, select the Include active custom views checkbox.

Delete Layout

To delete a workspace layout, right-click on the layout name and select the Delete context menu option. Enterprise Architect prompts you to confirm or cancel the deletion.

Workspace Layout Selection

Enterprise Architect provides a number of layouts of windows and toolbars to suit particular areas of work, such as Requirements Management, Code Engineering and Debugging. As described above, you can also add your own layouts to the drop-down list; these custom layout names have a preceding asterisk in the drop-down list for the field (the system-provided layouts are not marked with an asterisk).

To switch to another layout, click on the drop-down arrow and click on the required layout.

Note:

When you upgrade your system to a new edition of Enterprise Architect, the new edition might contain window or toolbar layout changes made by Sparx Systems. These changes might impact your previously-customized workspace layouts. In such cases, when you select each of your customized layouts in the Selection field, the following prompt displays:

layout warning

 

Click on the OK button to ensure that your customized layout contains the system upgrades.

Views

Clicking on the drop-down arrow for the Views icon lists options for displaying various views of information on model content, such as the Element List, Model Search and Relationship Matrix. Click on the appropriate option to display the required view screen.

Windows

Clicking on the drop-down arrow for the Windows icon lists options for opening each of the Enterprise Architect windows (as on the View menu options). Click on the appropriate option to open the required window, or to transfer control to the window if it is already open.

Toolbars

Clicking on the drop-down arrow for the Toolbars icon lists options for opening or hiding each of the nine Enterprise Architect main toolbars and the diagram Status Bar. Click on the appropriate option to hide or display the required toolbar.

Full Screen

Click on this icon to switch the Enterprise Architect display to Full Screen mode. A small dialog displays to enable you to switch back to normal mode. Alternatively, click on the Window | Full Screen menu option.