The Links page of the Options dialog provides options for the creation, behavior and notation for connectors.

Access:     Tools | Options > Links

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Provides options for connector behaviour




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Edit Connector on New

Automatically show the connector Properties dialog when a new connector is added.



Association default = source --> target

Set the direction of new Associations to source->target (that is, with an arrow head at the target).



Generalization link style Default = Tree

Show Generalizations as tree style hierarchies.


Shade Qualifier boxes

Lightly shade all Qualifier boxes.



Draw Aggregations Reversed

Draw Aggregate and Composite connectors from target element to source element.

When deselected (the default), these connectors are drawn from source to target.



Prompt on connector deletes

Display a prompt before deleting connectors, offering the choice of hiding the connector on the diagram or deleting it completely.

If you deselect this option, the delete operation defaults to the last setting on the dialog.


Delete Connectors

Suppress Link Constraints


Suppress connector constraints in diagrams.


Suppress Qualifier boxes


Suppress boxes when displaying qualifiers.


Show Uses arrowheads


Show an arrowhead on Actor->Use Case Associations.


Show Override Operation dialog on new connector

Show the Override Operation dialog automatically when adding generalizations and realizations between Classes and Interfaces, if the target element has features that can be overridden.



Suppress ' + ' Role Scope


Ensure that the role and scope are not displayed on the diagram.


Pen Width

Set the default connector width.




Set the default connector style for new connectors.




Enable the Quick Linker.


The Quick Linker

Show Help

Add a 'help' menu option to the end of the Quick Linker menu.



Center to center


Change the position of the dashed guide line for new connectors.


Exact placement


Force perpendicular line



For Draw Aggregations Reversed, all tools have the parent as the target and the child as the source of the connector, that is a requirement of UML; only the direction in which you drag the mouse to draw the connector is changed