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Using the Workspace Panel

The 'Workspace' panel helps you to define the look and feel of the application. You can set preferences that change the style of the interface to suit the work role you are performing. You can define any number of workspace layouts, saving sets of windows that are specific to a role that ultimately increases your productivity as a modeler. There is a wide range of preferences you can set to tailor the way the application behaves for individual users, including setting colors, fonts and diagram styles.

Available Facilities



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Click on the drop-down arrow to display these commands:

  • Show Perspectives Window - display the 'Workspaces and Commands' dialog, where you can choose from pre-defined workspace layouts and menu sets that suit particular types of work, such as Requirements Management or Database Design, or you can customize your own layouts and menus
  • Help - displays the Help topic Perspective Sets
Perspective Sets


Click on this icon to display a list of commands for saving, reloading and floating the currently open Views such as Diagrams, Search Results and Gantt charts

  • Float View - Display the current View as a floating window, allowing it to be displayed in 'Full Screen' mode or to be moved to a different display monitor
  • Focus View - Set the input focus back to the View that last had focus (intended to be accessed via command shortcut keys (Ctrl+Shift+0)
  • Reload View - load the latest information from the model database, to update the display of the current View
  • Save Modified Views - for each View that is currently open, save to the model database any modifications to the appearance of the View; modifications such as changes to colors, size or position
  • Close View - close the current View; you will be prompted to save any unsaved modifications
  • Close All Except Current - close all Views except the current view; you will be prompted to save any unsaved modifications
  • Close All - Close all Views; you will be prompted to save any unsaved modifications

Visual Style

Displays the 'Application Look' dialog, on which you can select from a range of visual styles, themes and accent colors. You can also choose options such as displaying window tabs at the top or bottom of the windows and displaying element properties using tree or list style displays.

Visual Styles

Full Screen

Click on this icon to toggle Enterprise Architect in and out of 'Full Screen' mode.


Click on the drop-down arrow to display these commands:

  • Preferences - displays the 'Preferences' dialog, on which you can set the general options of Enterprise Architect; you can control how the system behaves when you open a project, including setting the home directories and web pages the project refers to and how the Project Browser responds when items are selected in it
  • Customize - displays the 'Customize' dialog, which provides the means for building custom toolbars, setting keyboard accelerators for specific commands and defining User Tools

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