The Project Browser


The Project Browser enables you to navigate through the Enterprise Architect project space. It displays packages, diagrams, elements and element properties.

You can drag and drop elements between folders, or drop (paste) elements from the Project Browser directly into the current diagram.

If you right-click on an item in the Project Browser to display the context menus, you can perform additional actions such as adding new packages, creating diagrams, renaming items, creating documentation and other reports, and deleting model elements. You can also edit the name of any item in the Project Browser by selecting the item and pressing [F2].



The Project Browser is the main view of all model elements in your model; use the mouse to navigate the project.


You can hide and show the Project Browser by pressing [Alt]+[0].


The Project Browser can be divided into Views, each of which contains diagrams, packages and other elements. A default View hierarchy is described below, but you can create different Views to suit your requirements:



Use Case View

The functional and early analysis View. Contains Business Process and Use Case models.

Dynamic View

Contains State Charts, Activity and Interaction diagrams. The dynamics of your system.

Logical View

The Class Model and Domain Model View.

Component View

A View for your system components. The high level view of what software is to be built (such as executables, DLLs and components).

Deployment View

The physical model; what hardware is to be deployed and what software is to run on it.

Custom View

A work area for other Views, such as formal requirements, recycle bin, interview notes and non-functional requirements.

Selective Collapse

When you are working on an expanded project in the Project Browser, you might want to locate the parent element or package of an item, and/or collapse the structure under that parent element or package. To do this, follow the steps below:

  1. Position the cursor on an item within the element or package.
  2. Press [!] on the keyboard to highlight the parent.
  3. Press the key again to collapse the structure under that parent element or package.

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