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Add Connectors

Connectors define specific relationships between specific elements, so you usually create them directly on the diagram by dragging the required relationship type from the Diagram Toolbox.  As for elements, the Toolbox automatically presents the connector or relationship types appropriate to the type of diagram.

Use To:

  • Define a relationship between two model elements on a diagram

How To:



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Ensure that the Diagram Toolbox is visible

To display the Diagram Toolbox, either:

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



Ensure that the diagram containing the elements to be connected, is open in the Diagram View

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

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

Diagram View

Creating Elements on Diagrams


Click on the required connector in the Toolbox to select the type of connector to draw

The connector type is highlighted in the Toolbox



Click on the source element in the relationship, then drag across to the target element

The selected connector is drawn between the two elements

The connector Properties dialog displays



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

Properties Dialog


Click on the OK button

The Properties dialog closes



  • If you are creating several connectors of one type, after creating the first just click on the appropriate source element and press ( F3 ) to create the next connector of that type
  • As you drag a connector, you can press ( Shift ) to create a bend in the connector; if necessary, you can put several bends in the connector line, pressing ( Shift ) every time you want to change direction
  • To roll back the bends, keep holding the left mouse button down and press ( Backspace ) as many times as is necessary
  • To find out more about the type of connector you have dragged on to a diagram, right-click on the connector and select the UML Help menu option, which displays a Help page on the connector type

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