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Diagram Menu

In creating your diagrams, you can make use of a wide range of facilities to add elements and connectors to each diagram, control the diagram size and layout or presentation format, configure diagram properties and save diagram images to the clipboard or file.

Access Diagram

Diagram Options



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Select this option to display the 'New Diagram' dialog, through which you create a new diagram of any type under any technology supported by Enterprise Architect.

Shortcut: Ctrl+Insert

Add New Diagrams


View and edit the '<type> Diagram: <name> Properties' dialog for the current diagram.

Shortcut: F5

Set Diagram Properties

Find in Project

Locate the current diagram in the Project Browser window.

Shortcut: Shift+Alt+G


Display the Diagram Toolbox, a panel of icons for creating elements and connectors on a diagram; you can select pages of icons for each UML, Extended and MDG Technology diagram type available in your project.

Shortcut: Alt+5

Diagram Toolbox

Pan and Zoom

Pan across the current diagram to display sections at greater magnification, using the Pan & Zoom window.

Shortcut: Ctrl+Shift+N

The Pan & Zoom Window

Visual Filters

Filter the display of elements on a diagram, selecting the elements to show or hide, using the Diagram Filters window.

Diagram Filters

Layout Tools

Reformat your diagram in one of a range of layouts, using the Layout Tools window.

Layout Diagrams


Select this option to display a submenu from which you can choose to modify the default appearance of the diagram, such as configuring and showing status colors, applying Hand Drawn or Whiteboard modes, and hiding the page borders shown in the Diagram View.

Diagram Appearance Menu


Select this option to display a submenu from which you can choose to make the current diagram the user or model default, hide or reveal connectors, or save the diagram as a UML Pattern.

Diagram Advanced Menu


Prevent the diagram from being edited, or release the locked diagram for editing.

This does not apply in the Corporate, Business and Software Engineering, Systems Engineering and Ultimate editions, if security is enabled.

Lock Model Elements

Alternate Views

Select this option to change the presentation of the currently-open diagram to the diagram List format or the Gantt Chart format, or back to the standard graphical Diagram format.

The option for the current format of the diagram is grayed out.

The Gantt View Diagram List

Swimlanes, Matrix and Kanban

Add, modify and delete swimlanes or the swimlanes matrix for the current diagram, or apply the Kanban facilities.

Kanban Facilities Swimlanes Matrix Swimlanes

Visible Relations

Hide or show individual connectors for the current diagram.

Shortcut: Ctrl+Shift+I

Relationship Visibility


Save the current position of all diagram elements.

Shortcut: Ctrl+S

Save Image to File

Save the diagram as an image in a graphics file in one of several formats, such as bitmap (.BMP), Graphics Interchange Format (.GIF) or Windows Metafile (.WMF).

Shortcut: Ctrl+T

Save Image to Clipboard

Copy an image of the current diagram to the clipboard. The image can be in metafile or bitmap format; you set the format on the 'Options' dialog.

Shortcut: Ctrl+B

General Options

Snap To Grid

Show or hide the grid on the diagram, and select one of two options to position elements on the grid:

  • 'Standard Grid' - constrains elements to the grid when they are added to diagrams
  • 'Smart Placement' - places elements even distances away from other elements and spaces elements evenly; for Sequence diagrams, this helps position Notes on Messages

If neither of these options are enabled, the elements can be placed freely on the diagram.


Change the zoom factor on the current diagram.

Pan and Zoom a Diagram

Layout Diagram

Automatically lay out the current diagram.

Layout a Diagram Automatically