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Advanced Submenu

The Advanced submenu on an element context menu can contain the options listed in the table below.


  • Context menus vary between element types. Not all menu options shown here are present on all element context menus; for example, the Partition Activity option only displays for an Activity element.
  • If an element appearance is overridden by a Shape Script, several of the appearance options are disabled; for example, Use Rectangle (Circle) Notation.

Menu Option & Function Keys

Use to

Custom Properties

Open the Custom Properties dialog.

Parent  [Ctrl]+[I]

Set the element parent.

Instance Classifier  [Ctrl]+[L]

Set the instance classifier for the element, on the Select <Item> dialog.

Classifier Properties

Open the Properties dialog for the classifier of the selected element.

Make Composite

Set the element as a Composite element.

Change to State (Value) Lifeline

Switch one type of Lifeline element to the other.

Show Composite Diagram

Display a mini-picture of the contents of a composite element within that element.


Define the multiplicity for the element, using the format defined on the Cardinality tab.

This is the number of instances of the element that can exist in a set. The value displays on the element in a diagram, in the Name compartment.

Edit Extension Points

For an extended Use Case, display the Use Case Extension Points dialog, which you use to insert the point at which the behavior should be inserted.

Association Class

Connect the Class to a new Association (if the element is a Class).

Use Rectangle (Circle) Notation

Use rectangle notation for the element.

Partition Activity

Define an Activity Partition.

Set Run State

Add a new instance variable to the element using the Define Run State dialog.

Set Property Value

(Part elements) Set the property value for the Part, using the Set Property Values dialog.

Override Attribute Initializers

Pre-define initial values for attributes that can be used to override existing defaults.

Convert to Instance (Property)

Convert this classifier to an instance or a property, depending on the type of classifier selected (for example, SysML classifiers are always converted to properties).

Convert Linked Element To Local Copy

Convert the occurrence of the element on this diagram from a link to the original element to a local copy of the element.

Make Sender/Receiver

Toggle the element from a sender to a receiver and vice versa.

Accept Time Event

Change the notation for an Accept Event action to an Accept Time Event action.

Set Object State  [Ctrl]+[Shift]+[S]

Set the state of an object/instance based on the child states of its classifier.

Define Concurrent Substates

Define a set of substates that can be held simultaneously within that composite state.

Use State Label Notation

Display State Label Notation for a State object (the element name is displayed on a box on top of the element rather than inside it).

Deep History

Change the type of a shallow History pseudo-state to a deep History. Applies only when right-clicking on a History pseudo-state.

Set Attached Links

Attach the selected Note element to a connector, or several connectors.

Link to Diagram Note

Display the diagram notes as the Note element text. The option simply deletes any current text and blocks the Note from being edited other than through the Notes field in the diagram Properties dialog.