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Using the Context Tab

In the Project Browser, the 'Context' tab provides a simplified, focused view of a section of the model, separated from the full structure. This helps you to concentrate on the area of the model you are working on, and is very useful when you are re-organizing that section as it reduces the risk of dragging objects into the wrong area of the model.

Context Browser tab of the Project Browser in Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect.



Start > Explore > Browse > Context Browser  or

Start > Explore > Browse > Project Browser > Context  or

Show > Portals > Window > Explore > Context Browser

Keyboard Shortcuts

Alt+0 > Context


The tab shows the View, Package or element currently selected in the 'Global' tab, and its subordinate objects.  It also displays the child objects of subordinate elements, but not of subordinate Packages. To display the child objects of one of these Packages, you double-click on it to make it the focus of the tab.

If the selected object is a Package or element without child objects, or a diagram, the tab has that object's parent in focus at the top, rather than the object itself.

If the currently selected object is not a model Root Node, then the second item in the 'Context' tab is a Brown up arrow. icon. Double-clicking on this switches focus to the next level up in the model.

Clicking on an object in the 'Context' tab  will cause Enterprise Architect to navigate to that object, displaying its properties and features in other windows that are open.

Double-clicking on a child object that itself has subordinate objects in the 'Context' tab makes that object the focus of the tab, displaying it at the top of the tab. If it does not contain other objects, the 'Properties' dialog displays.

Right-clicking on an object in the 'Context' tab displays the same context menu as in the 'Global' tab of the Project Browser.

The 'Context' tab works very well in combination with the Navigator toolbar, which displays the full hierarchy path of any object you highlight in the 'Context' tab. As you change the object in focus on one of these tools, the other is automatically updated as well. The 'Context' tab is another view of the selected section of the model, and any changes you make through the tab are reflected in all other views of the model, such as the 'Global' tab.

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