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The Element Browser

As you develop an element in your model, you can define a range of added-on properties of that element through the appropriate dialogs, pages and tabs. It is possible to neatly summarize all of these properties for a selected element, using the Element Browser. The properties listed - where they exist in the element - include:

Linked Features (Linked Operations and Attributes)
Tagged Values
Internal Requirements (Responsibilities)
Attached Files
Maintenance Items
Testing Items
Project Management Items


Having listed these properties, you can also perform a number of operations on them, including dragging and dropping many of them onto other elements.

Access   Element | Element Browser     (Alt+9)




See also

Display element Properties dialog


Double-click on the element name at the top of the dialog (the root node).

Properties Dialog

Edit items of a specific property type

Right-click on the folder name for that property type and select the Edit <object> context menu option.

The appropriate window or dialog displays, or the element Properties dialog displays on the appropriate page. Edit the items as necessary.

For example, if you right-click on the Attributes folder and select the Edit Attributes context menu option, the <element name> Attributes dialog displays and you can edit any of the attributes in the element.



Edit specific items

Expand the appropriate folder and double-click on the required item.

The Properties dialog, docked window or view displays with the focus on the selected item. You can also go on to select and edit other items within the window or dialog.



Drag a relationship onto a diagram

Click on the relationship in the Element Browser and drag it onto the diagram.

If the element at one or both ends of the relationship is not already on the diagram, those elements are also added to the diagram.

If the relationship is already on the diagram, but hidden, it becomes visible again.


Right-click on the relationship and select context menu options to place the related elements on the diagram, and to show or hide the relationship



Display the Properties dialog of the other element in the relationship


Right-click on the relationship in the Element Browser and select the View Related Element Properties context menu option.


Locate the related element in the Project Browser


Right-click on the relationship in the Element Browser and select the Locate Related Element context menu option.


Locate the related element in other diagrams


Right-click on the relationship in the Element Browser and select the Find in all Diagrams context menu option.


Open an associated file

Double-click on the required file path within the Files folder.

If the file can:

Be opened within Enterprise Architect, the file opens on a separate tab in the Diagram View workspace
Not be opened within Enterprise Architect, the file opens in the default Windows viewer/editor for the file type


Associated Files

Display the source code for a feature

Right-click on an attribute or operation in the Attributes or Operations folder or in the Linked Features folder, then click on the View Source Code context menu option.


Click on the attribute or operation and press ( Ctrl+E ), or
In the Linked Features folder, double-click on the attribute or operation


The source code viewer in which the source code displays depends on which editor you select as the default, either for the project as a whole or for a specific programming language; if you select the Enterprise Architect internal editor, the code displays in the Source Code Viewer with the cursor positioned on the selected feature.







Options - Code Editors

Editing Source Code

Add a property to another element

Click on the property in the Element Browser and drag it onto the other element in a diagram. The properties you can do this for are:

Tagged Values
Maintenance Items
Test Items



Attach a Recording Marker to an Operation


Right-click on the operation and select the Set Breakpoint context menu option, and the option to set the required type of recording marker.

Place Recording Markers

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Requirements (Responsibilities)