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Diagram Facilities

Enterprise Architect provides a wide range of facilities for creating, editing and managing the diagrams that represent aspects of your models.


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Create a UML diagram, Extended diagram or MDG Technology diagram in your model, through the Project Browser.


Add New Diagrams

Set or change various properties of a diagram, such as the diagram name, through the diagram Properties dialog. Some properties influence the display of the diagram and some are logical attributes that appear in the documentation.


Set Diagram Properties

Add new elements and connectors to a diagram using the Diagram Toolbox pages specific to the diagram type, or other Toolbox pages as you need.


Diagram Toolbox

Add new elements and connectors to a diagram using the Quick Linker facilities.


The Quick Linker

Paste existing elements from the Project Browser into the diagram.


Paste from the Project Browser

Paste elements copied from a diagram into another diagram.


Copy And Paste Diagram Element

You can convert a tabbed diagram in the Diagram View into a floating diagram. In this case, you can move or copy elements between that diagram and another floating diagram or tabbed diagram.

Diagram Tabs

Move/Copy Elements To & From Floating Diagrams


Identify which other elements are related to a selected element on the diagram and, if necessary, add one or more of those other elements to the diagram.


Locate Related Elements

Delete one or more diagrams from the model.


Delete Diagrams

Change a diagram from one type (such as Class) to another (such as Data Modeling).


Change Diagram Type

Select and move elements on the diagram using keyboard keys ('hotkeys').


Diagram Navigation Hotkeys

Copy an image of the diagram to a file on disk, in a range of graphic file formats.


Copy Image to Disk

Copy an image of the diagram to the MS Windows clipboard.


Copy Image to Clipboard

Create a duplicate copy of an existing diagram.


Duplicate a Diagram

Change the Z-order of selected elements on the diagram, to define which elements might lie over or underneath other elements.


Z Order Elements

Flag a selected diagram as the Model Default diagram for your project, or your User Default diagram.


Diagram Advanced Menu

Expand the contents of a Package element within a diagram.


Open a Package

Manage the visibility of a range of element features on the diagram.


Feature Visibility

Display a Diagram Properties Note on the diagram. A Diagram Properties Note is a simple fixed-text box containing the diagram name, author, version, creation date and modification date. You can move this text box to any point on the diagram.


Insert Diagram Properties Note

Create and edit Legend boxes, which provide a key to the colors and styles you have used to group  elements and connectors on the diagram.


Manage Legend Elements

Automatically resize the selected elements on the diagram to the default size for the element type, or as close to it as the element contents allow.


Autosize Elements

Partition diagrams of any type, either vertically into columns or horizontally into rows, using Swimlanes.



Partition diagrams into a grid of cells, using a Swimlanes Matrix.


Swimlanes Matrix

Lay out your diagram as a Kanban chart, partitioned according to the elements' project management properties.


Kanban Facilities

Change the appearance of one or more elements on the diagram to a graphical image, using the Image Manager.


Using the Image Manager

More precisely represent realized interfaces of a Class on your diagram.


Show Realized Interfaces for a Class


Control the display of labels around elements and connectors on the diagram.


Manage Object Labels

Pan across and down a large diagram, and zoom into or out of the diagram display.


Pan and Zoom a Diagram

Move sections of the diagram independent of the rest of the diagram.


Move Diagram Sections

Switch between the currently-open diagrams and views in the Diagram View.


View Last and Next Diagram

Set the scrollable/printable area of the diagram display area.


Set Up Diagram Page

Scale down the Printable image of the diagram to fit the size of paper it is being printed on.


Scale Image to Page Size

Lock the current diagram so that it cannot be updated.


Lock Diagram

Undo and redo the immediately previous changes to the diagram.


Undo and Redo Last Action

Present a set of diagrams in a Model Views slideshow.


Present Diagrams in a Model Views Slideshow


Automatically lay out a diagram in one of a range of formats.


Layout Diagrams


In the Corporate, Business and Software Engineering, Systems Engineering and Ultimate editions of Enterprise Architect, if security is enabled you must have Update Element permission to update or delete items on a diagram, and Manage Diagram permission to create, copy or delete diagrams


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