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Introducing the Enterprise Architect Windows

As you work on your project, creating and reviewing model structures, you can make use of a wide range of system windows that help you locate and focus on particular types of object or object properties. To make your modeling tasks even easier, you can fix these windows in a convenient place on your screen, move them around, set them as callable tabs or autohide them.

Using Workspace Layouts, accessible from the Ribbon bar or from the Portal bar, you can also quickly load different sets of windows that target particular tasks. You can also save your favorite layouts and recall them when required.

You can access these windows through the ribbon options, especially those under the 'Start > Explore > Browse' and 'Start > Explore > Properties' ribbon options.

Which are the Standard windows?


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Project Browser - The Project Browser is the primary mechanism for navigating through and exploring your model and is the starting point for many of the most important features in Enterprise Architect. It lists the model Packages, diagrams, elements and element features in a hierarchical structure, reflecting the arrangement of Packages and elements within your model.

The Project Browser

Properties window - The Properties window provides an immediate method of viewing and editing the range of properties of a selected object - element, diagram, connector, attribute or operation.

Properties Window

Notes window - Notes are the main documentation feature you use to describe an element, diagram, feature or connector; in the documentation that Enterprise Architect generates, notes feature prominently. You can record and view notes on a modeling object using the Notes window.


Responsibilities window - the Responsibilities window is a three-tabbed window through which you can quickly add, view, edit and delete rules applied to the selected element. The entities that impose such rules are requirements, scenarios, and constraints applied to the element.

Element Scenarios & Requirements

Model Views - The Model Views window provides a mechanism for representing areas of your model in any of a number of different ways, to capture a particular aspect of the structure or purpose of the model.

Model Views

Traceability window - Using the Traceability window you can quickly see what elements are immediately linked to the selected element and in what relationships, and what elements are indirectly linked via a chain of relationships. You can also select a diagram and explore the relationships of all elements in that diagram.

The Traceability Window

Tagged Values window - Tagged Values are a convenient method of adding additional information to an element or connector, beyond what is directly supported by UML. A Tagged Value is the value of a property of a modeling item, the property being called a tag.

You can create, view and edit Tagged Values for the currently-selected modeling object using the Tagged Values window.

Tagged Values

Relationships window - The Relationships window lists all the relationships of the currently-selected element, and shows the properties of each relationship.

The Relationships Window

Element Browser - You can use the Element Browser to summarize, review and manage a wide range of added-on properties of the selected element. These added-on properties include methods, attributes, Tagged Values, relationships and responsibilities.

The Element Browser

Team Library - The Team Library window provides a structured internal forum that your team can use to discuss aspects of the model content and development.

Team Review Tools

Diagram Toolbox - The Diagram Toolbox is a panel of icons that you drag onto a diagram to create elements and connectors. Related elements and connectors are organized into Toolbox pages, each page containing the elements or connectors used for a particular type of diagram.

Diagram Toolbox

Diagram Filters - You use the Diagram Filters window to modify the display of diagram components so that relevant items are immediately identified for the reader's attention, without damaging the structure and integrity of the model.

Diagram Filters

Layout Diagrams - The Layout Diagrams window provides a set of diagram layout formats that you can apply to a diagram you have created, to automatically reorganize the layout to make it more readable.

Layout Diagrams

Pan and Zoom window - The Pan and Zoom window enlarges the current diagram by a percentage you define, and displays a thumbnail view of it with a shaded rectangle. As you move the shaded rectangle with the mouse, the diagram shows the magnified items of the structure underneath the rectangle.

The Pan & Zoom Window

Resources window - The Resources window provides useful shortcuts and re-use functions for creating and applying stock components in the current model. The window contains a tree structure of Document templates, Relationship Matrix profiles, Stylesheets, Patterns and commonly-used model elements. The window can also provide access to UML Profiles and MDG Technologies, although this is not the recommended route to these facilities.


Source Code Viewer - The viewer displays the generated source code for a selected Class element, and provides a number of facilities for editing that source code.

Editing Source Code

Scripting window - The Scripting window hosts a flexible and easy to use scripting capability to create scripts in JavaScript, Microsoft JScript or VBScript. Using a built in 'Repository' object, you can programmatically inspect and/or modify elements within the currently open model. The window provides tools to edit, run, debug and manage your scripts.


Debug window - The Debug window provides a set of facilities for starting, managing and halting a debug session on the code generated from elements of your model.

Run the Debugger

Maintenance window - The Maintenance window, or workspace, lists the maintenance records (defects, changes, issues and tasks) for a selected element, ready for modification or addition. The window provides several facilities for managing the maintenance records.

Working on Maintenance Items

Testing window - The Testing window, or workspace, lists the test records for a selected element, ready for modification or addition. The window provides several facilities for managing the test records.

Learning Center - The Learning Center provides quick access to a range of context-specific task guides in a number of work areas of the system, such as Getting Started, Modeling or Testing.

Learning Portal

Project Management window - There are four versions of the Project Management window, to record and manage the resources, effort, risk and metrics associated with the work in developing the area of the model represented by the selected element.

The Project Management Windows


  • On the Testing, Maintenance and Project Management windows, any descriptive text, history, input or results for a selected item are also displayed in the Notes window; you cannot edit this text in the Notes window

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