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Diagram Shortcuts

When you have a diagram open, you can use a set of single or combination keyboard keys to move between, select and operate on the elements and connectors within the diagram.

Selecting and Marking Elements

Quick Key

Operation

See also

Enter, comma (,) or period (.)

When no element is currently selected, select the element nearest the top left corner of the diagram or of the section of diagram in view.

. (period)

When an element is selected, change selection to the nearest child element closest to the top left of the selected parent element, on the diagram.

, (comma)

When an element is selected, change selection to the parent element of the selected child element, on the diagram

Arrow keys

Select the next element on the diagram above, below, to the left or to the right of the current element; when moving left or right, the selection tends to be upwards rather than downwards.

S

Keep an element selected as you move to another element (using the keyboard arrow keys), so that you can select multiple elements using the keyboard.

Operations on Multiple Elements

Q, F (element name) or F2 (property)

If no element property is selected, highlight the element name for in-place editing.

If you have selected an element property, enable it for in-place editing.

In-place Editing Options

F

Select the first editable feature of the item in focus.

This is generally the element name but if you select a Tagged Value that has multiple system-defined values (such as the SearchName tag) you can cycle through the list of values to obtain the correct one.

In-place Editing Options

Shift+Space

Bookmark the current element with a red marker.

Bookmarks

? or /

Toggle selection between the current (source) element and its connector.

Inserting Objects, and Cutting and Pasting

Quick Key

Operation

See also

Shift+Insert

Paste element(s) from the clipboard as links to the original element(s).

Paste Elements Move Elements Between Diagrams

Insert or Spacebar

Displays the 'Toolbox Shortcut' menu, from which you can select to create and add an element of one of a wide range of types.

Toolbox Shortcut Menu

Ctrl+Shift+V

Paste an element as new.

Copy Elements Between Diagrams Paste Elements

Ctrl+Shift+Insert

Paste an element into the diagram as a metafile image held on the clipboard.

F3

Create a new connector of the same type as the last.

Connect Elements

W

Add a way-point to the current connector. (This does not act on every line style.)

Ctrl+Shift+I

Set the visibility of connectors.

Relationship Visibility

Ctrl+X

Cut the selected element from a diagram.

Positioning Elements

Quick Key

Operation

See also

I

Toggle snap-to-grid on and off on the diagram.

Alt+Z

Automatically size selected elements.

Autosize Elements

Alt+-

Space elements evenly, horizontally.

Align Elements Operations on Multiple Elements

Alt+=

Space elements evenly, vertically.

Shift+arrow keys

Move elements by small increments.

Move Elements Within Diagrams

Ctrl+arrow keys

Resize a selected element by small increments.

Resize Elements

Ctrl+Alt+Down

Align the bottom edges of selected elements.

Operations on Multiple Elements

Ctrl+Alt+Up

Align the top edges of selected elements.

Ctrl+Alt+Left

Align the left boundaries of selected elements.

Ctrl+Alt+Right

Align the right boundaries of selected elements.

Saving and Undoing Changes

Quick Key

Operation

See also

Ctrl+Z

Undo a change.

Undo Last Action

Ctrl+Y

Redo an undone change.

Redo Last Action

Ctrl+S

Save changes to a diagram.

Save Changes

Ctrl+T

Save an image to file.

Save Diagram Image to Disk

Ctrl+B

Save an image to the clipboard.

Copy Image to Clipboard

Deletions

Quick Key

Operation

See also

Delete key or Ctrl+D

Delete selected element(s) in a diagram, but not from the model.

Element Context Menu Operations Package Browser

Ctrl+Delete

Delete selected element(s) in the diagram from the diagram and from the model.

Displaying Details in Other Windows

Quick Key

Operation

See also

N

Open and/or shift focus to the Notes window.

Notes

P

Open and/or shift focus to the Properties window.

Properties Window

R

Open and/or shift focus to the Relationships window.

The Relationships Window

C

Display the Construct window

E

Display the Responsibilities window

V

Display the Tagged Values window

Z

If the Inline Specification Manager window is open, set focus to that window.

O

When you have selected an operation, open the Features window at the 'Operations' tab.

Define Properties of Operations

A

When you have selected an attribute, open the Features window at the 'Attributes' tab.

Create and Manage Attributes

G

Display the 'Generate Code' dialog for the selected element, to generate code from it.

Generate a Single Class

Y

Synchronize the code generated from the selected element with the element content.

M

Display the 'New Element' dialog to create a new element.

Add Elements Directly To Packages

Ctrl+Shift+N

View the Pan and Zoom window.

The Pan & Zoom Window

Displaying Portals Windows

Quick Key

Operation

See also

1

Display the Perspective portal

Perspective Portal

2

Display the Workspace portal

Workspace Portal

3

Display the Window portal

Window Portal

4

Display the Status portal

Status Portal

5

Display the Extend portal

Extend Portal

6

Display the Execute portal

Execute Portal

7

Display the Revisit portal

Revisit Portal

8

Display the Guidebook portal

Guidebook Portal

9

Display the Learning portal

Learning Portal

Printing a Diagram

Quick Key

Operation

See also

Ctrl+P

Print the active diagram.

Scale Image to Page Size

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