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Show Panel

The 'Show' panel contains a single 'Portals' icon.

Show portal.

Clicking on this icon displays a list of the Portals and toolbars that you might use to set up the user interface to support a particular area of work. When you click on a Portal name the corresponding Portal displays on the left or right of the work area (according to your personal settings). Similarly, when you select the 'Show Toolbar | <toolbar name>' option, the toolbar displays at the top of the work area, just underneath the Ribbon bar.

The name of the selected Portal and each selected toolbar is marked with a tick, so the list provides a summary of what Portal and toolbars are active.

Show Portal in Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect.

The Portals and Toolbars



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Provides a range of model Patterns from which you can generate model structures for particular areas of work. The Patterns are organized into groups within Perspectives, and presented for selection through the 'Model Patterns' tab of the Model Wizard. The system-provided Perspectives are:

  • Standard UML Modeling
  • Strategy
  • Analysis, such as Mind Mapping and Requirements modeling
  • Requirements
  • UX Design
  • Business Modeling
  • Software Engineering
  • Systems Engineering
  • Database Engineering
  • Enterprise Architecture
  • Information Exchange
  • Construction, such as Road Maps and Test Management
  • Management

The Portal also includes a category for Perspectives that you have created yourself, which provide the Patterns from MDG Technologies that you have specified in the Perspective.

Viewpoint Portal


Provides links to the system-provided workspaces that you might use to lay out the Enterprise Architect work area, and to any workspaces that you have created yourself. The categories provided are:

  • My Workspaces
  • Core modeling
  • Design
  • Software management
  • Simulation
  • Construction
  • BABOK and the BABOK Reader
Model Portal


Provides links to the Enterprise Architect windows and displays that you use to develop a model and create and manage the objects within it. These facilities are grouped under the activity areas of:

  • Exploring the model
  • Displaying object properties
  • Managing the display of diagrams
  • Working with specialized tools
  • Tracing relationships between objects
  • Enabling collaboration between team members
  • Managing tests
  • Managing resource tasks
  • Project management and maintenance
  • Developing code and document templates
Window Portal


Provides links to run searches that locate recent activities of various types across the model.  The searches are grouped to identify:

  • Recently created elements, Linked Documents, diagrams and discussions
  • Recent formal reviews
  • Recent  informal discussions and chats
  • Recently started, finished, overdue or active tasks
  • Results of recently-run tests
  • Recently reported and implemented Changes
  • Recently reported and investigated Defects
  • Recently reported and investigated Issues
Verify Portal


Lists the MDG Technologies currently active in your model - such as ArcGIS and NEIM (4.0) - and for each one provides links to the facilities for working with those technologies within Enterprise Architect.

Extend Portal


Provides a wide range of options that help you to:

  • Perform Execution Analysis on your model - building and running the Analyzer scripts
  • Open the Record & Analyze, Profiler, Debugger and/or Testpoints dialogs for monitoring the execution of your modeled application
  • Set up and perform simulations of the execution of your application
  • Control the progress of a simulation
  • Access various windows that display specific aspects of debugging an application
  • Control the progress of a debug
  • Set up and run recording of the execution of an application
  • Display the dialogs to prepare to profile the execution of an application
  • Create and edit code from the model
Execute Portal


Provides links to the working sets, diagrams, documents and system windows that you currently have open, and the diagrams and source files that you have recently opened and then closed again. The Portal also has options to re-open other files that you might have opened from within Enterprise Architect.

Recent Portal


Provides links to the library of Enterprise Architect User Guides in PDF format. The Portal initially displays with ten categories of document, each of which can be expanded to a list of the PDF documents in that category.

Publish Portal


Provides links to either the web version of the Enterprise Architect User Guide, or the locally-installed Help if you have downloaded that. The Portal also provides links to a number of useful web pages on the Sparx Systems website, such as the Resources, Tutorials, Webinars and Video Demos pages.

Learning Portal

Show Toolbar

Select this option to display a list of the ten standard Enterprise Architect Toolbars, from which you can select the Toolbars to dock above the central work area or in some other convenient location on the screen. You can hide each Toolbar again by deselecting the name in the list.


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