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Standard Colors

The Standard Colors page of the Options dialog enables you to set the display color of a range of objects and their backgrounds. On first use, the page displays the system default colors. To display the range of colors available for an item, or to define a new color, click on the down arrow at the end of the appropriate field.

Access     Tools | Options > Standard Colors

Use to

Set global colors




See also


Define the paper (background) color in diagrams.



Element Fill

Define the fill color of elements.



Element Line

Define the line color of elements.




Define the color of element outline shadows.




Define the color of attribute text.




Define the color of method (operation) text.



Note Color

Define the note background color.



Note Compartment Text


Define the color of text in the element Note compartment.



Define the screen (element) color.



Connector Line

Define the connector line color.




Define the color for behaviors in Activity diagrams.



Custom Colors

Click on the Define Colors button to define up to 16 custom colors to be used in changing the appearance of elements on diagrams.

The Show Project Custom Colors in Color Combo Boxes checkbox must be selected in order for this button to operate.


Create Project Colors

Show Project Custom Colors in Color Combo Boxes

Enable the use of project custom colors within the Default Appearance dialog.

When you select this option, the last 16 squares on the color selection palettes on the Default Appearance dialog are reserved for the custom colors.

You must restart Enterprise Architect for changes to this option to take effect.


Set an Element's Default Appearance


Using this page of the Options dialog, you can set the background of all diagrams to be a specific color; you can also use the Diagram Appearance page to set all diagram backgrounds to be either a uniform color or to have a fade gradient from top to bottom
As an alternative, you can create a background image for the diagram
To override the default appearance of a specific element on all diagrams on which it is found, right-click on the element and select the Appearance | Default Appearance context menu option; the Default Appearance dialog displays
To change the appearance of a specific element on the current diagram only, use the Format toolbar; if this toolbar is not displayed, select the View | Toolbars | Format Tool menu option

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