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Using the New Diagram Defaults page of the Options dialog, it is possible to configure default options for the format, layout and general behavior of new diagrams.

Access     Tools | Options > Diagram

Facilities of the New Diagram Defaults page



See also

Default Page Size

Show the default page size for new diagrams, which you set by clicking on the Page Setup button to display the Page Setup dialog.



Print with Border

Print pages with a border.




Print pages in landscape orientation; this checkbox is controlled from the Page Setup dialog.



Show Public Features
Show Protected Features
Show Private Features


Set the default visibility of Class features.


Show Diagram Notes

Display the diagram details in the top left corner of all diagrams in the model; details shown include diagram name, package, version and author.



Use Opaque Diagram Labels

Specify where opaque diagram labels should display; Screen and Printing are the most applicable.



Strict UML Syntax

Enforce compliance with UML syntax when adding new connectors and other structures.

The syntax check is not performed for stereotyped elements that have had the _metatype attribute set.



Define a Stereotype as a Metatype

Disable fully scoped object names

Disable fully scoped object names, when an element is in a diagram; don't use this when the element is in its home package.

A scoped name is of the format MyClasses::foo, the :: character indicating that the Class is within another namespace.



Allow change of Created Date

Enable the creation date on the Diagram Properties dialog to be altered.



Zoom to best scale

Resize diagrams to neatly fit the screen.



Auto-pan with middle mouse button

Turn on auto-panning using the middle mouse button; with this option off, the middle mouse button causes a different type of panning.



Enable Connector line jumps

Defaults to selected, to enable connectors to show 'jumps' when they cross, on all diagrams in the model.

Deselect to disable line jumps on all diagrams.


Connector Styles

Scale Saved Bitmaps to

Enable Enterprise Architect to save bitmaps at a higher resolution, suitable for using in published works.



Image Memory Limit

Set an image memory limit when generating images for RTF or HTML and when saving images to file.

This is important when you have very large diagrams, as it affects the point at which Enterprise Architect starts to scale down the image; a low memory setting means it scales the image sooner.



Diagram Frames

Select whether diagram frames are to be automatically added to images of diagrams in files saved to disk, print-outs, and the default Enterprise Architect clipboard.

A diagram frame is a labeled outline around the diagram image, providing both a border and a reference.


Diagram Frame

Show Tooltips

Select to display tooltips when the cursor is 'rolled over' an element.

Select the appropriate checkboxes to set each item of information to be displayed as part of each tooltip.

If you select the Notes checkbox, consider whether the Max Characters default of 512 characters is what you need. This value determines the  maximum number of characters of notes text included in the tooltip; if you prefer to show less text or more, reset the character limit accordingly.