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Create New Elements on a Diagram

Models are constructed from elements, each of which has its own meaning, rules and notation. Generally, when you create a new element in your model, you want to use that element on a diagram. The simplest way to do this is to create the element directly on the diagram. In this procedure, we will use a Requirement element as the example.

Create a new element on a diagram in your model



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Display the Diagram Toolbox; either:

  • Select Design > Diagram > Toolbox, or
  • Press Alt+5


Display the diagram on which the elements are to be created, in the Diagram View.

To open the diagram, double-click on the diagram name in the Project Browser.

The diagram opens and the Toolbox is updated to display the categories of elements and relationships that are applicable to that type of diagram.

In this example, we must change this to the Custom toolbox. Click on the More tools button, and then on Extended | Custom.

Diagram View


Click on the appropriate icon in the Toolbox to select the type of element to create (in this example, the Requirement element).

The element type is highlighted in the Toolbox.


Click on the diagram at the location where you want to place the element.

The new element is created as a child of the Package that contains the diagram, and is placed onto the diagram at the cursor position.

The element 'Properties' dialog displays.


Use the 'Properties' dialog to define the element properties that you want.

Modify Properties


Click on the OK button.

The 'Properties' dialog closes.


  • You can also drag or paste existing elements onto a diagram from the Project Browser
  • If you are creating several elements of one type, after creating the first just press Shift+F3 or Ctrl+click to create the next element of that type

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