Element List Options

Toolbar Options

You can also add to or influence what information is displayed on the Element List by clicking on the following icons in the toolbar to:

  • AddNewIcon - add a new element to the diagram and/or package ([Ctrl]+[N])
  • EditNotesIcon - display the Notes window, to add or edit notes for the selected element ([Ctrl]+[Space])
  • DeleteIcon - delete the selected element ([Ctrl]+[D])
  • PrintIcon - print the current contents of the Element List
  • ReportingIcon - display the Generate RTF Documentation dialog, to create an RTF report on the selected element(s)
  • ElementListFilter - select the appropriate element type from a list (click on the drop-down arrow), or All to list all objects; the report then lists only elements of that specific type
  • OtherTechIcon - select a UML, Extended or MDG Toolbox category to specify the category of elements shown in the filter list (above)
  • ShowNestPackIcon - toggle between including child packages and their contents in the list, and showing only the first-level contents of the selected diagram or package
  • HierarchyIcon - toggle the display between model hierarchy format and user-defined value-grouping format
  • ShowNotesIcon - display a short menu from which you can select to hide the contents of the Notes compartment of each element, display the first few words, or display the full text.
  • Helpicon - display Help on the Element List.

Audit History

In the Corporate, Business and Software Engineering, Systems Engineering and Ultimate editions of Enterprise Architect, if Auditing is turned on and the Element List is open, you can view a history of changes to any selected element or connector, in the Audit History tab of the Output window. (If security is enabled, you must have at least Audit View permissions to display the audit history).

Work on Elements in the Element List

You can also use the context menu to perform operations on elements in the Element List. Right-click on the required element to display the context menu. The menu options are described below:

Menu Option & Function Keys

Use to


Display the Properties dialog for the selected element.

Edit Notes   [Ctrl]+[Space]

Add or edit notes on the element, in the Notes window.

Add New

If the Filter List field in the toolbar is set to All, display the New Element dialog, through which you create an element of the required type.

If the Filter List field is set to a specific element type, this option adds an element of that type to the package or diagram in the Element List, the Project Browser and the Diagram View.

Switch to Diagram View

If you have opened the list for a diagram in the Project Browser, show the elements as the diagram instead of as the Element List.

Find in Diagrams

Display the diagram that uses the element or, if the element is used in multiple diagrams, display the Element Usage dialog, which lists the diagrams that contain the element.

Find In Project Browser

Highlight the selected element in the Project Browser.

Bookmark Item

Bookmark the element.

Create Linked Document   [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[D]

(Edit Linked Document)

Create (or edit) a Linked Document (Corporate, Business and Software Engineering, Systems Engineering and Ultimate editions).

See the Linked Documents topic.

Delete linked document

Delete an existing linked document. (Only displays if the element has a linked document.)


Generate an RTF report. You have two options:

  • Generate a separate report on each selected object in the report
  • Generate one report on all selected objects.

In either case, the Generate RTF Documentation dialog displays.

You also have the option to print out the Element List itself.

Alternatively, select the Rich Text Report icon in the Element List toolbar. This generates one report for all selected items.

Diagram Properties

Display the Diagram Properties dialog for the diagram.

Sort Contents

In Model Hierarchy format, synchronize the list with the Project Browser hierarchy, to ensure that all element and package hierarchies and sequences are - if necessary - updated. (Normally changes are updated automatically, but there can be delays if changes are made outside the Element List).


Reload the element list to refresh the order and content with any recent changes.


Print the Element List.

Delete Selected

Delete the selected element from the Element List.

Alternatively, select the Delete Selected icon in the Element List toolbar.