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Define Element Characteristics

It is possible to show a number of element characteristics on a selected diagram. You can define which of these characteristics to show, by selecting the corresponding checkboxes on the 'Elements' tab of the diagram 'Properties' dialog (and, conversely, which to hide by clearing their checkboxes). You can also override the model default coding language and set a different language for the elements in the context of this diagram.



Design > Diagram > Manage > Properties > Elements

Context Menu

Right-click background of open diagram | Properties | Elements

Set Component Display Options



See also

Use Stereotype Icons

For elements that have whole shapes drawn by Enterprise Architect (such as Analysis stereotypes), select this checkbox to draw the alternative shape (if defined).

For elements that have an icon displayed in the top right corner (such as an Artifact element), if 'Show Element Stereotypes' is selected, select this checkbox to display the stereotype icon instead of the stereotype text.

Analysis stereotypes Artifact

Show Element Stereotypes

For elements that have whole shapes drawn by Enterprise Architect, if 'Use Stereotype Icons' is deselected, select this checkbox to display any stereotype on the element.

For elements that have an icon displayed in the top right corner, select this checkbox to indicate that a stereotype is present (icon if 'Use Stereotype Icons' is selected, text if not).

Show Port Classifiers

Select this checkbox to show the classifier of each Port on the diagram.

Show Property Type

Select the checkbox to show Port and Part types on the diagram by default.

Show Data Model Owner

Select this checkbox to display the owner of each Table element in the diagram.

This is defined in the Owner Tagged Value on the table or, for PostgreSQL, Owner To.

Set Database Table Owner/Schema

Show Element Property String

Select this checkbox to show the advanced property string for all elements; for example, {leaf}.

Collapse Embedded Elements

Reduces edge-mounted structural elements to black dots on the parent element border, on the current diagram. Each black dot represents one structural element or one hierarchy of elements; for example, a Port with an Interface collapses to one dot.

Example of edge-mounted embedded elements prior to minimizing them and showing as dots, in Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect.                   Showing how edge-mounted embedded elements can be minimized and shown as dots, in Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect.

This simplifies the information presented by the diagram, when the structural elements are currently not the focus of interest.

You can move the dot representing a structural element, but you cannot create new structural elements or connectors involving structural elements on the diagram whilst this option is in use.

Group Tags by Stereotype

Select this checkbox to organize the Tagged Values shown on the element on the diagram into groups according to stereotype.

Show Compartments

Select each checkbox to show the corresponding feature or property compartment for all elements using rectangle notation on the diagram:

  • Attributes
  • Inherited Attributes
  • Operations
  • Inherited Operations
  • Requirements
  • Inherited Requirements
  • Testing (Testing Scripts)
  • Discussions
  • Resources (including 100% complete resources allocated to the element)
  • Notes
  • Tags (Tagged Values)
  • Inherited Tags
  • Fully Qualified Tags
  • Receptions
  • Constraints
  • Inherited Constraints
  • Maintenance (Maintenance Scripts)
  • Reviews
  • Project
  • Package Contents

Deselect the checkbox for each compartment you want to hide.

If you have added custom compartments to your model display, such as Related Elements, Flow Ports or Parts, 'Show Compartments' checkboxes are also listed for each of them. These checkboxes default to selected to show the compartments on the diagram; deselect the checkboxes to hide the compartments.

If the checkboxes do not seem to operate for an element on a diagram, also check the 'Compartment Visibility' settings for that element.

Show Test Script Compartments Show Maintenance Items in Diagram Add Custom Compartments to Element Feature Visibility


Click on the drop-down arrow and select the programming language that elements created on this diagram receive, overriding the model default language.

If you do not want to override the model default, select the value <none> from the drop-down list.


If you have finished updating the diagram properties, click on this button to save the changes and close the 'Properties' dialog.


If you do not want to save the changes you have made, click on this button to discard the changes and close the dialog.


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