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Properties Dialog

The element Properties dialog helps you to define and review a wide range of an element's properties. For a Class, these properties include:

·General settings, such as name, notes, alias, stereotype (if any), version, scope, dates created and modified, and status
·Details such as cardinality, concurrency and features (attributes and operations) owned
·Advanced, or custom, properties that you can edit
·Tagged Values assigned to the element
·Technology-specific Tagged Values grouped on a separate tab
·Requirements associated with the element, both internal (responsibilities) and external
·Constraints on the element's actions
·Scenarios under which the element operates
·External files associated with the element
·Links (relationships or connectors) in which the element is the source or target
·Template Parameters and Bindings

These properties are presented on either a main tab of the Properties dialog or a secondary tab in the panel at the right of the dialog.

Access     On a diagram or in the Project Browser, select an element and:
Element | Properties, or
Alt+Enter, or
Right-click | Properties, or


On any tab of the Properties dialog, at any time, you can click on the buttons at the foot of the dialog and save or clear your changes.



See also


Click on this button to save your changes and close the Properties dialog.




Click on this button to abort your changes and close the Properties dialog.




Click on this button to save your changes and keep the Properties dialog open, so that you can continue working.

It is a good idea to click on this button when you have finished working on a tab and are just about to move on to another tab.




Click on this button to display the Help topic for the tab you are currently working on.




·The Properties dialog automatically displays when you drop a new element onto a diagram; you can suppress this display of the dialogue by deselecting the Edit Object on New checkbox on the Objects page of the Options dialog
·There are several variations of the Properties dialog:
·The dialog for a Table or Stored Procedure element has slight differences on the General tab, and a Table (Stored Procedure) Details tab instead of a Details tab
·The dialog for a Class element of a stereotype other than Table is as shown in the General Settings topic
·The dialog for an element of any type other than Class does not have a Details tab
·Port and Part elements have a Property tab
·Activity elements have a Behavior tab, and Action and Invocation elements (depending on their type) have other tabs such as Effect, Trigger and Call tabs
·Action Pins have a Pin tab
·System Boundaries have a single Properties tab on which you define the element appearance
·The Properties dialog for Wireframe elements automatically opens to either a top-level Wireframe tab on which you can edit the element rendering directly, or a second-level Wireframing Tagged Values tab (see the note on Tagged Values for stereotyped elements, below) if you define the element rendering by editing the XML for the properties of that element type
·In all cases, the Properties dialog is expandable; you can enlarge it for adding longer entries and clearer reading of the text field values
·The Tags tab of the Properties dialog simply provides the Tagged Values window within the frame of the Properties dialog
·If Tagged Values have been derived from a stereotyped element in a Profile, they are listed on a separate tab having the Profile name; they are still listed on the Tagged Values window, in a separate compartment
·An Object element will show the properties of its classifier, some of which are changed to represent this specific instance of the classifier


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