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Compare Options

The Compare Options dialog enables you to refine the output of the Compare utility when it compares the current model with a Baseline. To display the dialog, either:

  • Click on the Options button on the Manage Baselines dialog, or
  • Click on the Compare Options icon on the Compare Utility tab toolbar.

Compare Options


Use to

Always Expand to Differences

Always display the list of elements fully expanded to show changes.

If you deselect the checkbox, when the Compare Utility tab is first opened it lists the package contents to element level, and you expand each element as required to show the changed items.

For large branches of the model, it is better to leave the checkbox unselected.

Show Elements that are

List elements that:

  • Have been changed since the Baseline was created
  • Are in the Baseline only (that is, have been deleted from the model since the Baseline was created)
  • Are in the model only (that is, have been created since the Baseline was created)
  • Have not changed since the Baseline was created (you might generally leave this checkbox unselected).

Suppress these Changes


  • Changes to diagrams
  • Changes to the Date Modified field for an item
  • Changes to the Date Created field for an item
  • Child items of a deleted item
  • Changes to advanced properties (defaults to selected).

If the Compare Utility tab shows the results of a Baseline comparison, when you click on the OK button the display refreshes to refine the information according to the options you have selected.