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Main View - Object List

In Main View's Object List the child objects of a container are represented in one of three viewing styles: Icon, List or Notes view. 

It is possible to define a default viewing style for a model, in the configuration file. However, you can also change the style for the current session using the menu items in the 'Hamburger' menu; see the WebEA's Layout Help topic.

Icon View

In Icon view, each object is represented by an image and object name. As an example, a root node with the name 'ASA Finance' would be represented by:

A View object with the name 'Class Model' would be represented by:

List View

In List view each object is represented as a row in a table, which includes columns for name, type, author and modified date. The earlier examples would be represented in List view like this:

Notes View

In Notes view each object is represented by the object name and any text from the object's 'Notes' field.

Display Order

In Object View, objects are displayed in the predefined order: Packages, diagrams and elements; if there are multiples of any object type then they will be sorted in alphabetical order. This is different to Enterprise Architect's behavior, which can allow elements to be manually ordered.

As an example:

Additional Symbols

While navigating the model structure with WebEA you might see a number of symbols applied to the object images. Each symbol has a meaning: the Expand icon symbol indicates that the object contains children, whilst the Locked icon symbol indicates the object is locked to the current user.

The action taken when an item is selected is dependent on the object type of the item.

  • For Packages, the default action is to navigate down one level of the Project Browser and display the child objects contained within that Package
  • For diagrams the default action is to open the diagram image
  • For elements the default action is to display the Properties for the selected element

To open the properties of a Package while viewing it in the Object View, click on the Properties icon button in the Navigation bar.

If you navigate to a Package that does not have children, the message 'No child element(s)' will be displayed.

Adding New Elements

If the model has been configured to allow the addition of elements and the current user has the required permissions, the New icon icon will be shown as the last element of a Package's object view. For more details see the Object Creation in WebEA Help topic.


  • WebEA's Browser acts as an alternative to the Object List. If the WebEA Browser is displayed then the Object List is not accessible.

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