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In-place Editing Tasks

How to

To use the in-place editing menu options




See also



Open the diagram containing the element.






Click on the element, and on the item to manipulate within the element.

The item line is highlighted in a lighter shade (the default is white), to indicate that it has been selected.




Edit and manipulate the items in the element, either by pressing the appropriate keyboard keys or by right-clicking on the highlighted item and choosing a task from the Element Items context menu.

The available commands are listed in the table below.




Menu option...



See also

Edit Selected

Change the name, scope or stereotype of the element or element item.




View Properties

Display the dialog containing details of the element.




Insert New After Selected


Insert a new item in the element.



Find in Project Browser

Locate the item in the Project Browser.




Add Attribute

Add an attribute to the element.


Ctrl + Shift + F9


Add Operation

Add an operation to the element.


Ctrl + Shift + F10


Add Other

Insert a feature on the specific element item, such as Maintenance features and Testing features.


Ctrl + F11


Delete Selected from Model


Delete the selected item from the model.



View Source code

Display the source code for the element, in the default external editor.



Editing Source Code

Visual Analyzer

Set a breakpoint on a highlighted operation (including a breakpoint, start recording marker, end recording marker or stack auto-capture marker.)


Breakpoint and Marker Management

Marker Types


Set Type

Set a classifier type for the selected item.


Ctrl + L

Select <Item> Dialog


Navigate Diagram Selection, to navigate the diagram between elements without having to use the mouse.


Ctrl + Shift + arrow key



Toggle element highlight option on and off.


Shift + Enter



Other options that are available while editing element attributes or operations in a diagram include:

Menu options



See also


Accept current changes.





Accept current changes and open a new slot to add a new item.


Ctrl + Enter



Abort the edit, without save.





Move the cursor between segments of a feature definition.


Tab or Shift+Tab



Display the context menu for in-place editing.


Shift + F10



Invoke the Select <Item> dialog.



Select <Item> Dialog


Display an autocompletion list for a feature classifier.





Most of the in-place editing menu commands have keyboard alternatives; for many of them, if the selected item happens to be off-screen when you press the appropriate keys, the diagram automatically scrolls to show the whole element, so that you can see what you are changing