The Relationships Window


Access: View | Other Element Tools | Relationships.

The Relationships window displays all connectors between the currently selected element and other elements. This provides a quick overview of an element's relationships in the model.


For each connector, the connector type and target element are displayed. If a 'Yes' appears in the Target in Diagram column, the target element is visible in the currently loaded diagram. This is useful when you are dragging related elements from the relationships list onto the current diagram.

Double-click on a connector in the list to open the <connector type> Properties dialog, where you can edit the connector attributes. Right-click on a connector to open the context menu.

You can locate the related element, view the related element properties or delete the connector. You can also hide certain connectors from appearing in diagrams, and show hidden connectors (first example of the menu, below).

If an element is not visible in the current diagram, the context menu has an option to place the selected element in the current diagram (second example of the menu, below). This is useful when you are building a picture of what an element interacts with, especially when reverse engineering an existing code base.

RelContext                              PlaceElement


In the Corporate, Business and Software Engineering, Systems Engineering and Ultimate editions of Enterprise Architect, with security on, the diagram and the source and target elements must be free for editing before some of these options are available for use.