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Define Element Characteristics

It is possible to show a number of element characteristics on a selected diagram. You can define which of these characteristics to show, by selecting the corresponding check boxes on the 'Elements' tab of the diagram 'Properties' dialog (and, conversely, which to hide by clearing their check boxes). You can also override the model default coding language and set a different language for the elements in the context of this diagram.

Access Diagram | Properties > Elements

Set Component Display Options



See also

Use Stereotype Icons

For elements that have whole shapes drawn by Enterprise Architect (such as Analysis stereotypes), select this checkbox to draw the alternative shape (if defined).

For elements that have an icon displayed in the top right corner (such as an Artifact element), if 'Show Element Stereotypes' is selected, select this checkbox to display the stereotype icon instead of the stereotype text.

Artifact Analysis stereotypes

Show Element Stereotypes

For elements that have whole shapes drawn by Enterprise Architect, if 'Use Stereotype Icons' is deselected, select this checkbox to display any stereotype on the element.

For elements that have an icon displayed in the top right corner, select this checkbox to indicate that a stereotype is present (icon if 'Use Stereotype Icons' is selected, text if not).

Show Data Model Owner

Select this checkbox to display the owner of each Table element in the diagram.  

This is defined in the Owner Tagged Value on the table or, for PostgreSQL, Owner To.

Set Table Owner

Show Element Property String

Select this checkbox to show the advanced property string for all elements; for example, {leaf}.

Show Compartments

Select each checkbox to show the corresponding named feature or property compartment for all elements using rectangle notation on the diagram:

  • Attributes
  • Operations
  • Tags (Tagged Values)
  • Requirements
  • Constraints
  • Testing (Testing Scripts)
  • Maintenance (Maintenance Scripts)
  • Package Contents
  • Notes

Deselect the checkbox for each compartment you want to hide.

If you have added custom compartments to your model display, such as Related Elements, Flow Ports or Parts, 'Show Compartments' checkboxes are also listed for each of them. These checkboxes default to selected to show the compartments on the diagram; deselect the checkboxes to hide the compartments.

If the checkboxes do not seem to operate for an element on a diagram, also check the 'Feature Visibility' settings for that element.

Show Test Scripts Compartment Feature Visibility Add Custom Compartments to Element Show Maintenance Script in Diagram


Click on the drop-down arrow and select the programming language that elements created on this diagram receive, overriding the model default language.

If you do not want to override the model default, select the value <none> from the drop-down list.


If you have finished updating the diagram properties, click on this button to save the changes and close the 'Properties' dialog.


If you do not want to save the changes you have made, click on this button to discard the changes and close the dialog.


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