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Properties Window for Elements

The docked Properties window provides a convenient and immediate way to view and edit properties of modeling objects such as elements. When the Properties window is open and you click on an element in a diagram or in the Project Browser, the window becomes the Element Properties window, displaying the common properties and providing an associated 'Files' tab and any specialized tabs required for the particular type of element. For example:

  • Port and Part elements have a 'Property' tab and a 'Redefined/Subsetted' tab
  • Class elements have a 'Templates', 'Parameters' and 'Bindings' tabs
  • Objects have a 'Run States' tab
  • Activity elements have 'Behavior', 'Parameters', and 'Partitions' tabs
  • Action and Invocation elements (depending on their type) have 'Action', 'Trigger', 'Behavior', 'Arguments' and 'Call' tabs
  • Action Pins have a 'Pin' tab
  • Checklists have a 'Checklist' tab
  • Signal elements simply have 'Element' and 'Files' tabs
  • System Boundaries have a 'Boundary' tab on which you define the element appearance
  • Wireframe elements have a 'Wireframing' tab for wireframe Tagged Values

As you review the properties for an element, you can edit the values by overtyping them, or by clicking on the drop-down arrow or browse button to select alternative values.



After selecting the Properties window using one of these methods, click on the first required element.

Start > Explore > Properties > Properties   or

Design > Element > Properties > Properties  or

Show > Portals > Window > Properties > Properties

Keyboard Shortcuts


Properties Window Options

As well as the Save icon (to apply changes to the model) the Properties window has a 'Hamburger' icon that, when you click on it, provides a number of options. These options are available when you are displaying the Properties window for an element.



See also

Find in Project Browser

Locates and highlights the current element in the Project Browser.

Element Properties

If you are displaying the properties of an element, displays the 'Properties' dialog for the element.

Properties Dialog


If the current element is capable of having operations, opens the Features window at the 'Operations' tab, to show the operations of the element.

Define Properties of Operations


If the current element is capable of having attributes, opens the Features window at the 'Attributes' tab, to show the attributes of the element.

Create and Manage Attributes


If the current element is capable of having Receptions, opens the Features window at the 'Receptions' tab, to show the Receptions of the element.


Set Parents

If the current element can have interfaces and parent elements, opens the 'Set Parents and Interfaces' dialog.

Set Element Parent

Show Groups

Select or deselect this option to partition the Properties into groups (such as 'General Settings', 'Project' and 'Advanced'), or present them all in one continuous list.


  • As the Element Properties window is so versatile and supports so many aspects of defining what the element represents, documentation of all tabs and fields is not currently complete; for information on how to populate tabs and individual fields, please refer to the Help on the 'Properties' dialog and on the type of task you are performing

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