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Connector Properties

To access the connector Properties dialog, double-click on a connector in a diagram. You can change several characteristics of connectors from this dialog. Many of these characteristics generate text labels on or around the connector. You can change these labels using the Label context menu.

The connector Properties dialog has the following pages:

General (see below)
Source Role
Target Role
Tagged Values
Advanced properties.

Access     Double-click on a connector in the diagram, or
Right-click a connector in a diagram and, from the context menu, select Properties

The General page enables you to configure the name of the connector, the direction, the line style, the stereotype (optional) and a comment.

General Page Options



See also


Indicates the name of the source element for the connector.




Indicates the name of the target element for the connector.




(Optional) Indicates a name for the connector; if entered, the name displays on the diagram.




(Optional) Indicates an alternative name or alias for the connector.




Select the appropriate direction details: from source to destination, destination to source, or bi-directional.

Some connectors have arrow heads that depend on this setting; some connectors are logically dependent on this (such as Inheritance).




Select the appropriate connection style; choose from:

Tree (Vertical, Horizontal, Lateral Vertical or Lateral Horizontal), or
Orthogonal (Square Corners or Rounded Corners)



(Optional) Indicate the name of a stereotype for the connector, or click on the drop-down arrow and select one.

Alternatively, click on the (  ...  ) button and select the stereotype from the Stereotype Selector dialog.

If entered, the stereotype is displayed on the diagram and over-rides the connector type in the report documentation.


Stereotype Selector

Virtual Inheritance

Indicates that inheritance is virtual; available only for Generalization connectors.




Select the appropriate value for the scope (used for inheritance); available only for Generalization connectors where the child Class is C++.




(Optional) Specifies any notes on the connector; the notes are displayed in documentation, if required.

As for the Notes window, you can format the text using the Notes toolbar at the top of the field.


Notes Window

Notes Toolbar


Generalize, Realize, Associate and Template Binding connectors also have a Binding page, which enables you to define binding expressions and parameter substitutions for the connector

Learn more