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Inline Features Submenu

When you are editing elements and their features, and if you know what to enter without being prompted by field names, you can quickly complete your work by using inline editing; that is, typing in and editing the information within the element image on a diagram. To support this, you can also use menu options to add and delete selected features, display their properties and add linked notes to the element.

Access Element | Edit Features Inline

(Or, to display the options on a context menu, right-click on the selected feature)

Inline Editing Options

Click on the element and then click on the attribute, operation, element name, Maintenance item or Test item on the element before displaying the menu.



See also

Edit Selected

Select this option to type over or delete the text of the highlighted feature.

Shortcut: F2

View Properties

Select this option to open the 'Properties' dialog containing details of the selected feature, or of the element itself if no feature is selected.

Insert New After Selected

Select this option to insert a new item in the element, of the same type as the selected feature, and immediately following the selected feature.

Type in the feature name and parameters, and press the Enter key.

Create Linked Note

Select this option to add a Note element linked to the selected feature, reflecting the content of that feature.

Link Note to Internal Documentation

Add Attribute

Select this option to add an attribute to the current element.

Shortcut: Ctrl+Shift+F9


Add Operation

Select this option to add an operation to the element.

Shortcut: Ctrl+Shift+F10


Add Other

Select this option to insert other features such as Maintenance and Testing items.

To display these features on the element, select to show the appropriate compartment on the element.

Shortcut: Ctrl+F11

Compartments Define Element Characteristics

Delete Selected from Model

Select this option to delete the selected feature from the model.

Shortcut: Ctrl+Shift+Delete

Active keys after selecting the above options




Press this key to save current changes.


Press this key to save current changes and open a new slot to add a new item.


Press this key to cancel editing.


Press this key to display a context menu with possible parameter values.

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