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In-place Editing Tasks

This topic explains how to edit and work with some properties of an element directly in the diagram.

Use In-place Editing Options



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Open the diagram containing the element.


Click on the element, and on the item to manipulate within the element.

The item line is highlighted in a lighter shade (the default is white), to indicate that it has been selected.

A UML Class element in Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect showing an attribute selected for in-place editing tasks.


Edit and manipulate the items in the element, either by pressing the appropriate keyboard keys or by right-clicking on the highlighted item and choosing a task from the 'Element Items' context menu.

The available commands are listed in this table. Not all options are available for every type of item.


Menu option...


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Display a submenu of extension products; click on one to display a further menu of operations to perform within the selected product.

Edit Selected

Change the name, scope or stereotype of the element or element item.

Shortcut: F2

Insert New After Selected

Insert a new item in the element.

Shortcut: Insert key

View Properties

Display the dialog containing details of the element.

Shortcut: Enter key

Find in Project Browser

Locate the item in the Project Browser.

Open in Specification Manager

If the element is a Package element, and the selected item is a subPackage, you can select this option to open and edit the subPackage in the Specification Manager.

Using the Specification Manager

Add Attribute

Add an attribute to the element.

Shortcut: Ctrl+Shift+F9

Add Operation

Add an operation to the element.

Shortcut: Ctrl+Shift+F10

Add Other

Insert a feature on the specific element item, such as Maintenance features and Testing features.

Shortcut: Ctrl+F11

Delete Selected from Model

Delete the selected item from the model.

Shortcut: Delete key

View Source code

Display the source code for the element, in the default external editor.

Shortcut: F12

Editing Source Code

Visual Analyzer

Set a breakpoint on a highlighted operation (including a breakpoint, start recording marker, end recording marker or stack auto-capture marker.)

Breakpoint and Marker Management Marker Types

Set Type

Set a classifier type for the selected item.

Shortcut: Ctrl+L

Select Dialog

Navigate Diagram Selection

Navigate the diagram between elements without having to use the mouse.

Shortcut: Ctrl+Shift+arrow

Highlight Element

Toggle element highlight option on and off.

Shortcut: Shift+Enter


Other keyboard options that are available while editing element attributes or operations in a diagram include:



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Enter key

Accept current changes.


Accept current changes and open a new slot to add a new item.


Abort the edit, without save.

Tab key or Shift+Tab

Move the cursor between segments of a feature definition.


Display the context menu for in-place editing.


Invoke the 'Select <Item>' dialog.

Select Dialog


Display an autocompletion list for a feature classifier.


  • Where an in-place editing menu command has a keyboard alternative, if the selected item happens to be off-screen when you press the keys, the diagram automatically scrolls to show the whole element, so that you can see what you are changing