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Connector Properties

To access the connector Properties dialog, double-click on a connector in a diagram. You can change several characteristics of connectors from this dialog.

Many of these characteristics generate text labels on or around the connector. You can change these labels using the Label context menu.

The connector Properties dialog has the following tabs:

The General tab enables you to configure the name of the connector, the direction, the line style, the stereotype (optional) and a comment.



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Type in the name of the source element for the connector.


Type in the name of the target element for the connector.


(Optional) Type a name for the connector. If entered, the name displays on the diagram.


(Optional) Type an alternative name or alias for the connector.


Select the appropriate direction details: from source to destination, destination to source, or bi-directional.

Some connectors have arrow heads that depend on this setting. Some connectors are logically dependent on this (such as Inheritance).


Select the appropriate connection style; choose from: Direct, Auto-Routing, Bezier, Custom, Tree (Vertical) or Tree (Horizontal).


(Optional) Type the name of a stereotype for the connector, or click on the drop-down arrow and select one. Alternatively, click on the [ ... ] button and select the stereotype from the Stereotype Selector dialog.

If entered, the stereotype is displayed on the diagram and over-rides the connector type in the RTF documentation.

Virtual Inheritance

Indicate that inheritance is virtual. Available only for Generalization connectors.


Select the appropriate value for the scope (used for inheritance). Available only for Generalization connectors where the child Class is C++.


(Optional) Type any notes on the connector. The notes are displayed in documentation, if required.

As for the Notes window, you can format the text, using the Rich Notes Text toolbar at the top of the field.

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