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Package Browser Options

In building and managing your model you can use the Package Browser as a workbench to perform many operations, such as reorganizing the package structure, adding new packages and elements, and generating reports on the package contents. You can also modify the display by:

Filtering the elements listed, by type or by Toolbox group
Adding columns to show the values of specific tags on the elements


To perform all of these operations, you select options on either the Project Browser toolbar or the context menu.

Access    Project Browser > Right-click package | Package Browser > Toolbar
Project Browser > Right-click package | Package Browser > right-click on items

Toolbar Options




See also


Add a new element to the package.

The New Element dialog displays.


Add Elements Directly to Packages



Display the Notes window, to add or edit notes for the selected element.  The cursor is positioned at the start of the text entry area of the window.





Delete the selected element from all diagrams and from the model.

A confirmatory prompt displays; click on the Yes button.





Print the current contents of the Package Browser.

The Print dialog displays, on which you specify the print job.





Display the Generate RTF Documentation dialog, to create one RTF report on the selected element(s). You can apply the full facilities of this dialog to tailor the report to your requirements.



Generate Documentation


Click on the drop-down arrow and select:

A specific element type from the drop-down list, or
All to list elements of all types in the package

The report then lists only elements of the selected type(s).





Select another toolbox or technology - select the UML, Extended or MDG Toolbox category to set the types of element shown in the drop-down element filter list (above).





Toggle between:

Including child packages and their contents in the list, and
Showing only the first-level contents of the selected diagram or package





Toggle the display between:

Model Hierarchy format and
User-Defined, value-grouping format



Package Browser

List Header


Display a short menu from which you can select to:

Hide the contents of the Notes compartment of each element
Display the first few words as a preview, or
Display the full text of each note





Display or hide the Filter Bar fields underneath the column headings, in any of which you can type a text string to filter the data in the corresponding column to show only data containing the typed string.



List Header


Change the display to show the contents of the parent package of the selected package.





Display Help on the Package Browser.





Context Menu Options




See also


Display the Properties dialog for the selected element.



Properties Dialog

Edit Notes

Add or edit notes on the element, in the Notes window.




Create Linked Document  

(Edit Linked Document)

Create (or edit) a Linked Document.

(Corporate, Business and Software Engineering, Systems Engineering and Ultimate editions.)


Linked Documents

Create Linked Document on UML Element

Edit Linked Documents


Delete Linked Document

(If the element has a linked document.)

Delete the existing linked document.




Add New Element

If the Display elements of this type field in the toolbar is set to:

All, display the New Element dialog, through which you create an element of any type
A specific element type, add an element of that type to the package in the Package Browser or to the diagram in the Diagram List, and to the Project Browser



Add Elements Directly to Packages

Find in Diagrams


The diagram that uses the element, or
If the element is used in multiple diagrams, the Element Usage dialog, which lists the diagrams that contain the element





Show Element Use

Find In Project Browser

Highlight the selected element in the Project Browser.




Bookmark Item

Bookmark the element.




Switch to Gantt View

If in Standard (or List) View format, switch the display to Gantt View format.


Package Browser

Element View



Generate an RTF report; you have two options:

Generate a separate report on each selected object in the report
Generate one report on all selected objects.


In either case, the Generate Documentation dialog displays. If you have selected to generate separate reports, the Generate Documentation dialog displays separately for each report in turn.

You also have the option to print out the Package Browser list itself.



Generate Documentation Dialog

Sort Contents

In Model Hierarchy format, synchronize the list with the Project Browser hierarchy, to ensure that all element and package hierarchies and sequences are - if necessary - updated.

Normally changes are updated automatically, but there can be delays if changes are made outside the Package Browser.





Reload the list of elements to refresh the order and content with any recent changes.




Add Tag Value Column

Add a column to show the values for a selected Tagged Value, for each element in the list (see below).




Columns Layout

Preserve, apply or delete a profile of the column layout of the Package Browser display. A layout consists of the number of columns and (where the workstation screen layout permits) the column widths.

When you mouse-over this option, a submenu displays:

Load Columns Layout - displays a dialog in which you select to apply the default layout (all possible columns) or one that you have previously saved; click on the OK button to apply the layout
Save Columns Layout - displays a dialog in which you  specify the name under which to save the layout - you can replace an existing layout by clicking on the drop-down list and selecting the name, or save as a new layout by typing a new name
Delete Columns Layout - displays a dialog in which you specify the layout profile to delete; when you click on the OK button, the profile is deleted (and cannot be retrieved again) but if that profile was in use when it was deleted, the layout persists until it is specifically changed, even if you close and re-open the Package Browser





Print the contents of the Package Browser.

The Print dialog displays, on which you specify the print job.




Delete Selected

Delete the selected element from the Package Browser.

A confirmatory prompt displays; click on the Yes button.




Add Tagged Value Column

If you want to show the value that any element in the list has for a particular tag, you can add a read-only column for the tag. There are two ways in which to do this:



See also


Open the Tagged Values window for the element and drag the tag onto the Package Browser; a new column is added for each tag you drag onto the list.




Right-click on the element in the Package Browser or Diagram List and select the Add Tag Value Column context menu option; the Add Tag Value Column dialog displays.

Either type the tag name into the Tagged Value field, or select one of the two options:

Global Tagged Values - populates the Tagged Value drop-down list with all global Tagged Values in the project; this enables you to select a Tagged Value that is applicable to a large number of elements
Tagged Values from the selected Element -  populates the Tagged Value drop-down list with the Tagged Values defined for the selected element (as listed on the Tagged Values window for that element); this enables you to filter the initial selection to a specific set of tags


When you have selected the required tag, click on the OK button to insert a column for that tag into the Package Browser or Diagram List header.




In the Corporate, Business and Software Engineering, Systems Engineering and Ultimate editions of Enterprise Architect, if Auditing is turned on and the Package Browser is open, you can view a history of changes to any selected element or connector, in the Audit History tab of the Output window (if Security is enabled, you must have at least Audit View permissions to display the audit history)

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