Package Browser Options

The Package Browser Toolbar and right click Context menu provide a wide range tools and functions necessary to building and managing models. A few examples include adding new packages and elements, adding new diagrams,  generating reports, software engineering, MDA transformations, version control and model export/import.

The Toolbar and Context menu are two powerful ways to accessing much of Enterprise Architect's  primary modeling toolset.







Add a new element to the package.

Ctrl + N

Add Elements Directly to Packages



Display the Notes window, to add or edit notes for the selected element.


Ctrl + Space



Delete the selected element.


Ctrl + D



Print the current contents of the Package Browser.





Display the Generate RTF Documentation dialog, to create one RTF report on all selected element(s).



Generate RTF Documentation Dialog



The appropriate element type from the drop-down list, or
All to list all objects

The report then lists only elements of that specific type.





Select a UML, Extended or MDG Toolbox category to specify the category of elements shown in the filter list (above).





Toggle between:

Including child packages and their contents in the list, and
Showing only the first-level contents of the selected diagram or package





Toggle the display between:

Model Hierarchy format and
User-Defined, value-grouping format



List Header


Display a short menu from which you can select to:

Hide the contents of the Notes compartment of each element
Display the first few words, or
Display the full text





Change the display to show the contents of the parent package of the selected package.





Display Help on the Package Browser.




Context Menu Options:




See also


Display the Properties dialog for the selected element.




Edit Notes

Add or edit notes on the element, in the Notes window.


Ctrl + Space


Add New

If the Filter List field in the toolbar is set to:

All, display the New Element dialog, through which you create an element of the required type
A specific element type, add an element of that type to the package or diagram in the Package Browser and the Project Browser




Find in Diagrams


The diagram that uses the element or,
If the element is used in multiple diagrams, display the Element Usage dialog, which lists the diagrams that contain the element



Show Element Use

Find In Project Browser

Highlight the selected element in the Project Browser.




Bookmark Item

Bookmark the element.




Create Linked Document  

(Edit Linked Document)

Create (or edit) a Linked Document.

(Corporate, Business and Software Engineering, Systems Engineering and Ultimate editions.)

Ctrl + Alt + D

Linked Documents

Link Document to UML Element

Edit Linked Documents


Delete Linked Document

(If the element has a linked document.)

Delete an existing linked document.





Generate an RTF report; you have two options:

Generate a separate report on each selected object in the report
Generate one report on all selected objects.


In either case, the Generate RTF Documentation dialog displays.

You also have the option to print out the Package Browser list itself.



Generate RTF Documentation Dialog

Sort Contents

In Model Hierarchy format, synchronize the list with the Project Browser hierarchy, to ensure that all element and package hierarchies and sequences are - if necessary - updated.

Normally changes are updated automatically, but there can be delays if changes are made outside the Package Browser.





Reload the list of elements to refresh the order and content with any recent changes.




Add Tag Value Column

Add a column to show the values for a selected Tagged Value, for each element in the list (see below).





Print the Package Browser.




Delete Selected

Delete the selected element from the Package Browser.




Add Tagged Value Column:

If you want to show the value that an element has for a particular tag (and the value that any other element in the list has for that tag), you can add a read-only column for the tag. There are two ways in which to do this:



See also


Open the Tagged Values window for the element and drag the tag onto the Package Browser; a new column is added for each tag you drag onto the list.




Right-click on the element in the Package Browser or Diagram List and select the Add Tag Value Column context menu option; the Add Tag Value Column dialog displays.

Either type the tag name into the Tagged Value field, or select one of the two options:

Global Tagged Values - populates the Tagged Value drop-down list with all global Tagged Values in the project; this enables you to select a Tagged Value that is applicable to a large number of elements
Tagged Values from the selected Element -  populates the Tagged Value drop-down list with the Tagged Values defined for the selected element (as listed on the Tagged Values window for that element); this enables you to filter the initial selection to a specific set of tags


When you have selected the required tag, click on the OK button to insert a column for that tag into the Package Browser or Diagram List header.




In the Corporate, Business and Software Engineering, Systems Engineering and Ultimate editions of Enterprise Architect, if Auditing is turned on and the Package Browser is open, you can view a history of changes to any selected element or connector, in the Audit History tab of the Output window (if Security is enabled, you must have at least Audit View permissions to display the audit history)

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