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Properties Window

The docked Properties window provides a convenient and immediate way to view and edit common properties of modeling objects such as diagrams, elements, attributes, operations, receptions and connectors. When you click on an object in the Project Browser or a diagram, the Properties window immediately shows the object's properties, and you can swiftly display the properties of different types of object - element, then attribute, connector and diagram - on the same window without having to open and close separate dialogs.

Each iteration of the window shows the commonest properties, such as name, object type, author and parent Package, and a series of tabs appropriate to the specific type of object displayed. You can select values from drop-down lists and work through short chains of property or parameter dialogs directly from the Properties window. Your work with modeling objects becomes quick, precise, comprehensive and convenient, through the use of a single area of your work space.



Start > Explore > Properties > Properties

Keyboard Shortcuts



  • When you click on a field name, a brief explanation of that field displays at the bottom of the Properties window, unless you have selected the 'Hide Properties Info Section' checkbox on the 'Window Behavior' page of the 'Preferences' dialog
  • If you click on the field value for an editable field, either a drop-down arrow or a Browse. button displays that enables you to select or browse for a different value; one of the values offered might display a more advanced list or a dialog for adding new objects or selecting multiple objects, as the 'Stereotype' field does
  • When you have made changes to the Properties window, click on the Save icon to apply those changes to the model
  • The Properties window has a 'Hamburger' icon that, when you click on it, provides a number of options that are available when you are displaying the window for an element

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