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In-place Editing Tasks

How To:

To use the in-place editing menu options, follow the steps below:




See Also



Open the diagram containing the element




Click on the element, and on the item to manipulate within the element

The item line is highlighted in a lighter shade (the default is white), to indicate that it has been selected




Edit and manipulate the items in the element, either by pressing the appropriate keyboard keys or by right-clicking on the highlighted item and choosing a task from the Element Items context menu

The available commands are listed in the table below



Menu option...



See also

Edit Selected

Change the name, scope or stereotype of the element or element item



View Properties

Display the dialog containing details of the element



Insert New After Selected

Insert a new item in the element



Find in Project Browser

Locate the item in the Project Browser



Add Attribute

Add an attribute to the element

Ctrl + Shift + F9


Add Operation

Add an operation to the element

Ctrl + Shift + F10


Add Other

Insert a feature on the specific element item, such as Maintenance features and Testing features

Ctrl + F11


Delete Selected from Model

Delete the selected item from the model



View Source code

Display the source code for the element, in the default external editor


The Source Code Viewer

Set Breakpoint

Set a breakpoint on a highlighted operation (including a breakpoint, start recording marker, end recording marker or stack auto-capture marker)


Breakpoint and Marker Management

Marker types


Navigate Diagram Selection, to navigate the diagram between elements without having to use the mouse

Ctrl + Shift + arrow key



Toggle element highlight option on and off

Shift + Enter



Other options that are available while editing element attributes or operations in a diagram include:

Menu options



See also


Accept current changes




Accept current changes and open a new slot to add a new item

Ctrl + Enter



Abort the edit, without save




Move the cursor between segments of a feature definition

Tab or Shift + Tab



Display the context menu for in-place editing

Shift + F10



Invoke the Select <Item> dialog

Ctrl + Shift + Space

Select <Item> Dialog


Display an autocompletion list for a feature classifier

Ctrl + Space



  • Most of the in-place editing menu commands have keyboard alternatives; for many of them, if the selected item happens to be off-screen when you press the appropriate keys, the diagram automatically scrolls to show the whole element, so that you can see what you are changing