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

Diagram Context Menu

To open the diagram context menu, open the required diagram and right-click on the diagram background.





See also


List the scripts enabled for execution directly from the diagram (does not display if no diagram scripts exist).





Display the Diagram Properties dialog.



Diagram Properties

Lock Diagram

Lock a diagram to protect it from inadvertent changes.

This does not apply if security is enabled in the Corporate, Business and Software Engineering, Systems Engineering and Ultimate editions, in which case you lock the model elements.



Lock a Diagram

Lock Model Elements

Compare Diagram to Baseline

Perform a visual comparison of the current diagram against a version from a previously saved baseline.

Can be used to roll-back individual changes made to this diagram since the baseline was created.



Check Visual Changes to Diagrams

Manage Baselines


Switch to List View

Display the diagram contents as a Diagram List instead of as a diagram.



Diagram List

Switch to Gantt View

Display the diagram contents as a Gantt chart instead of as a diagram.


The Gantt View


Swimlanes and Matrix

Add Swimlanes or a Swimlanes Matrix to the diagram.



Swimlanes Matrix


New Element or Connector

Insert various elements and connectors into a diagram, by selecting from a context-sensitive list.


Insert Elements & Connectors


Insert Existing Element

Locate an existing element, using the Select Element dialog, and insert it into the diagram as a linked element.



Select <Item> Dialog

Synchronize Structural Elements

On a SysML Internal Block diagram, show all structural elements, for example, Ports and Parts, relating to the Block which owns this diagram.

This command will also generate Properties defined by existing Association connectors.



Generate Properties From Block Associations

Hide Diagram Frame

Show Diagram Frame

On a SysML Internal Block diagram, the elements are automatically enclosed in a Diagram Frame having the name of the Block element that owns the diagram. You can use these menu options to hide and redisplay this frame.




Paste Element(s) as Link

Paste Element(s) as New


Paste copied element(s) as a link or as new elements.


Paste copied element

Paste Image from Clipboard


Paste an image held on the clipboard into the diagram.

Ctrl+Shift+ Insert

Paste an image

Find in Project Browser

Locate the current diagram in the Project Browser window.




Make all elements selectable

Make all the elements on the diagram selectable.

If an element is:

Selectable, you can move it around the diagram and perform right-click context-menu operations
Unselectable, you cannot move it around the diagram and the only right-click operation available is to make the element selectable


This option has no effect on double-click operations on the element, such as displaying child diagrams.




Modify Z Order

Re-order overlapping objects in the diagram.

This option both:

Numbers the objects in the diagram by Z-order, in red, and
Lists the objects by Z-order in the Modify Z Order dialog


In the dialog, you select the required object and move it up or down in the Z-order using the Up and Down arrow keys, each click on an arrow key changes the Z-order by 1.

When you select the object in the list, that object is also selected on the diagram and its Z-order number is shown in blue.

Click on the OK button to save your changes.

On the diagram, you can move the focus from element to element according to Z Order, by pressing Shift+Tab. Each time you press these keys, the element with the next-lowest Z Order number is selected.



Z Order Elements

Save as Profile

Save the current diagram as a Profile.



Export a Profile

Import from source file(s)

Import, or reverse engineer, source code (not available in the Desktop edition).



Import, or reverse engineer, source code

Import DB schema from ODBC

Import database tables from an ODBC data source (not available in the Desktop edition).



Import database tables from an ODBC data source

Context Filtering

Toggle context filtering within the diagram view.  By default, this will highlight the currently selected element and related elements within the diagram while making all other elements appear faded into the background.

Context Filtering by name or alias can also be applied using the Format Toolbar.



Context Filter a Diagram

Format Toolbar


Save Current Changes

Save any changes to the current diagram.




Execute Simulation

Provides three options for performing a model simulation on a behavioral diagram:

Interpreted - Perform dynamic execution of a simulation (Corporate and Extended Editions)
Manual - Step through a simulation manually (the only option available in the Professional edition)
Using Script - If simulation scripts exist for the diagram, lists the scripts available; if no scripts exist, the option does not display


Model Simulation

How It Works



Set Up Simulation Script


View the Help on the type of diagram currently displayed.





Not all the menu options described appear on all diagram context menus