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Local Options


Enterprise Architect has a wide range of default settings for controlling how the system displays and works with models and model elements. You can customize these settings to define your preferred behaviour of the system. Most of the settings are stored in your registry so they are set for your use only. For a networked workplace, registry settings can be copied down to any network workstation you log in to. Otherwise, the settings control operations under your login on the current machine only.

The settings are grouped according to their actions on specific functional areas, on a number of pages of the Options dialog.

Access     Tools | Options (Ctrl+F9)

Option Groups



See also

General Options

Control the behavior of the system as a whole.


General Options

Standard Colors

Set the display colors and background colors of objects and properties across the system.


Standard Colors

Diagram (New Diagram Defaults)


Set the general properties of all diagrams you create.

Diagram Options

Diagram - Appearance

Control how elements are displayed on a diagram.


Diagram Appearance Options

Diagram - Behavior

Control how a diagram responds to actions taken on it.


Diagram Behavior Options

Diagram - Sequence (diagram display)

Control the appearance and behaviour of Sequence diagrams specifically.


Sequence Diagram  Options

Objects (display)

Configure the properties and behaviors of elements created on your diagrams.


Object Display Options

Links (Connector display)


Define the creation, behavior and notation of connectors on your diagrams.

Connector Display Options

Communication Colors (of Communication Messages)


Set the colors of Messages you create in Communication diagrams.

Communication Message Colors

XML Specifications

Configure the settings for working with XML.


XML Specifications

Source Code Engineering

Set general options that apply to all languages when generating code from models, including the default language in which to generate code.


Source Code Engineering

Code Editors

Configure options for the system internal editor, and for the default editor for DDL scripts.


Code Editors

Object Lifetimes


Enable the creation of constructors and destructors for Object Lifetimes.

Object Lifetimes



Set the system actions on attributes and operations.








Code language specifications







Define how the system handles a particular language when generating code, including the default source directory and the default editor for a specific code language.

















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