Standard Colors

The Standard Colors page of the Options dialog enables you to set the display color of a range of objects and their backgrounds. On first use, the page displays the system default colors, as shown below:


To display the range of colors available for an item, or define a new color, click on the down arrow at the end of the appropriate field. The selection pallet displays.

Standard Color Pallet

Click on the required color. This sets the field on the Standard Colors page to the selected color.

If you require a wider selection of colors, click on the Other button and select from the color chart, or customize a color using RBG/HSL codes.

If you decide to reset the color to the system default, click on the Default button.


Use to


Define the paper (background) color in diagrams.

Element Fill

Define the fill color of elements.

Element Line

Define the line color of elements.


Define the color of element outline shadows.


Define the color of attribute text.


Define the color of method (operation) text.

Note Color

Define the note background color.

Note Compartment Text

Define the color of text in the element Note compartment.


Define the screen (element) color.

Connector Line

Define the connector line color.


Define the color for behaviors in Activity diagrams.

Show Project Custom Colors in Element Format toolbar

Enable use of project custom colors; for more information on setting and getting the custom colors see the Get and Set Project Custom Colors topic.


  • Using this page of the Options dialog, you can set the background of all diagrams to be a specific color. You can also use the Diagram Appearance page to set all diagram backgrounds to be either a uniform color or to have a fade gradient from top to bottom. Alternatively, you can create a background image for the diagram; see the Create Custom Diagram Background topic.
  • To override the default appearance of a specific element on all diagrams on which it is found, right-click on the element and select the Appearance | Default Appearance context menu option. The Default Appearance dialog displays.
  • To change the appearance of a specific element on the current diagram only, use the Format toolbar. If the Format toolbar is not displayed, select the View | Toolbars | Format Tool menu option.