Please note : This help page is not for the latest version of Enterprise Architect. The latest help can be found here.


The Diagram Appearance page of the Options dialog enables you to define how diagrams and their contents appear on display.



Use to

Configure Default Element Fonts

Set the default model and user text fonts.


Render smooth curves and diagonal lines in diagrams, so that staggered vertical or horizontal pixels are less obvious. Select the type of renderer you prefer to use:

  • Basic is GDI32; it does not provide anti-aliasing and gradient fills
  • Enhanced-1 is parallel to Windows GDI+ but internal to Enterprise Architect; it provides anti-aliasing and gradient fills, and operates well across different platforms
  • Enhanced-2 is Windows GDI+; this can vary across different platforms, performing better than Enhanced-1 in some environments, and less well in others.

Experiment with these options and see which works best for your system and requirements.

Default Element Border Width

Set the default element border width (in pixels).

Scale view by

Automatically increase the size of all objects on a diagram by up to 50%, without affecting other users reading that diagram.

You can perform the same function with the Zoom Slider on the Status bar; changes in the 'zoomed' display scale of a diagram update this field and affect any other diagrams that you open.

This has no impact any other diagram Zoom facility in Enterprise Architect.

Print in Color

Print your diagrams in color. Deselect the checkbox to print the diagrams in black and white.

Anti-aliased text

Force text anti-aliasing in diagrams.

If you deselect the checkbox, Enterprise Architect applies the MS Windows default setting. Therefore, if you do not want to use anti-aliasing, ensure that the Windows anti-aliasing default is also set to OFF.

Compress text to fit within Element

Determine the behavior of Enterprise Architect when text at zoom levels other than 100% would not fit inside the boundary of an element. Enterprise Architect either compresses the text to fit within the boundary, or expands the element.

Bold Element Names

Display element names in bold text.

Element Shadows On

Display a shadow around the bottom and right edges of each element in a diagram.

Invert rotated text for metafiles

Use different text format when external metafile readers are causing issues.

Use Watermark

Add a watermark to any diagrams you print.


Define the watermark text, if a watermark is to be used.

Show Gradient Fill for Paper Color

Switch between having a color gradient in the diagram background, or having a solid, uniform background color.

Gradient Fill Direction For an Element

Select the direction for the color gradient within element boxes, or <none> for no color gradient.