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Changing Element Appearance

If you want to modify the appearance of a specific element on a diagram, you can use a range of facilities available through the element context menu on the diagram.

Access     Right-click on element on diagram | Appearance

Element Appearance Options




See also

Align Text

(Hyperlink elements) Select an option to justify the text of the hyperlink on the left, middle or right of the element space.




Default Appearance

Override the global default appearance of all elements (which you set on the Standard Colors and Diagram Appearance pages of the Options dialog) with a different default for just the selected element on all diagrams in which it is found.

To change the appearance of the selected element on the current diagram only, use the Format toolbar.



Standard Colors

Diagram Appearance Options

Set an Element's Default Appearance

Format Toolbar


Apply Image From Clipboard

Paste the image held on the clipboard onto the selected element, as an alternative image.

This image is added to the Image Library under an automatically-assigned name. The image can be accessed from and renamed in the Image Manager.



Using the Image Manager

Select Alternate Image

Select an alternative image using the Image Manager.


Using the Image Manager


Hide/Show Name Under Image

Hide or redisplay the name label under an element with an alternative image.




Set Font

Change the font type, size, color and effects for the text in an element.



Set Element Font

Diagram Frame Appearance

(Diagram Frame elements) Select from a number of options to set the appearance of a Diagram Frame dragged onto the diagram from the Project Browser.



Diagram Frame

Show Labels

Reveal any hidden labels on the element.




Copy Appearance to Painter

Copy the default element appearance (set using the Default Appearance option, above) to the painter.

You then paste the default appearance using the Paste Appearance option on the Diagram toolbar.





Diagram Toolbar

Copy Image to Clipboard

Copy the element image to the clipboard. You can use the Apply Image from Clipboard option (above) to recover and use the image elsewhere.





You can also change the appearance (and other aspects) of several selected elements at once
Context menus vary slightly between element types, and not all menu options shown here are present on all element context menus; for example, the Alternate Image option won't display for a Lifeline element

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