Please note : This help page is not for the latest version of Enterprise Architect. The latest help can be found here.

View Menu

During your work on your models, you might use any of a number of Enterprise Architect windows and toolbars. You can display these windows and toolbars individually or in defined configurations, as well as set the visual style of your workspace.

Access View

View Options



See also

Project Browser

Browse and explore your models in the Project Browser; this shows the hierarchical arrangement of Packages, elements and features within the project.

Shortcut: Alt+0

The Project Browser


Show or hide the Navigator Toolbar, which you can use to identify the location of the Package you are currently working in, change the focus to another level of the Package's branch, perform relevant operations on the Package, and locate other Packages in the model.

Navigator Toolbar


Select this option to display a list of the Enterprise Architect Portals, and click on one of the options to display the corresponding Portal in the Portals window.

You can also select the 'Show Portals Bar' option to display the Portals window. You use the Portals Bar to tailor the Portals window and reorganize the sequence of, or access to, the separate Portals.

Shortcut: Shift+Alt+P

Portals Facility

Model Views

Create filtered views of selected areas or aspects of your project, using the Model Views window.

Shortcut: Ctrl+Shift+5

Model Views

Summary View

Select this option to display the Summary View window, which shows a brief, read-only summary of the general properties of the currently selected:

  • Element (including Packages)
  • Attribute
  • Operation
  • Test
  • Maintenance item
  • Resource

The display refreshes immediately as you select different objects and items.

You can highlight a section of text or the complete content, and copy it to be pasted into an external document.

The Summary View does not display details for Views, Model Packages, diagrams, instances or connectors.


Trace the relationships of an element through the project, using the Traceability window.

Shortcut: Ctrl+Shift+4

The Traceability Window


Select this option to edit the common properties of a selected element, in a table in the Properties window.

Shortcut: Alt+1

Properties Window


Create and review the explanatory text on a diagram, element, feature or connector, on the Notes window.

Shortcut: Ctrl+Shift+1


Tag Values

Add further properties to a modeling object beyond those supported by UML, by creating Tagged Values on the Tagged Values window.

Shortcut: Ctrl+Shift+6

Tagged Values


Develop scripts for querying and updating the model, using the Scripting window.



Select this option to select a shortcut or re-use function to add stock elements to the current model, or patterns and elements for additional information, from the Resources window.

Shortcut: Alt+6



Set up specific configurations of the content and layout of the Enterprise Architect workspace, and customize the User Interface menus, using the 'Workspaces and Commands' dialog.

Customize Menu Sets Manage Workspace Layout

Working Sets

Set up and maintain groups of windows, diagrams and views to display together to form a work environment for your current area of work, to return to in later work sessions.

Working Sets

Visual Styles

Select this option to set the Visual Style and a number of other user interface display options, on the 'Application Look' dialog.

Visual Styles


Select this option to show or hide individual toolbars.

Toolbar Submenu

Web Browser

Select this option to open the web browser page at the site you have specified on the 'Options' dialog, in the 'Web Home' field.

Shortcut: Ctrl+Alt+W

General Options Internal Web Browser

System Output

Check the results of internal processing such as Execution Analysis, Validation, searching the model and scripting, on the System Output window. Add-Ins can also output information to this window.

Shortcut: Ctrl+Shift+8

The System Output Window