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Creating New Elements on Diagrams

Models are constructed from elements, each of which has its own meaning, rules and notation. Generally, when you create a new element in your model, you want to use that element on a diagram.  The simplest way to do this is to create the element directly on the diagram.

Use To:

  • Create new elements on diagrams in your model

How To:



See also


Ensure that the Diagram Toolbox is visible

To display the Diagram Toolbox, either:

  • Select View | Diagram Toolbox
  • Press ( Alt + 5 )



Ensure that the diagram on which the elements are to be created is open in the Diagram View

To open the diagram, double-click on the diagram name in the Project Browser

The diagram opens and the Toolbox is updated to display the categories of elements and relationships that are applicable to that type of  diagram

Diagram View


Click on the appropriate icon in the Toolbox to select the type of element to create

The element type is highlighted in the Toolbox



Click on the diagram at the location where you want to place the element

The new element is created as a child of the package that contains the diagram, and is placed onto the diagram at the cursor position

The element Properties dialog displays



Use the Properties dialog to define characteristics of the element as required

Properties Dialog


Click on the OK button

The Properties dialog closes



  • You can also drag or paste existing elements onto a diagram from the Project Browser
  • If you are creating several elements of one type, after creating the first just press ( Shift+F3 ) or ( Ctrl +Click ) to create the next element of that type

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