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Element Panel

The 'Element' panel provides facilities to manage elements, which are the building blocks of models. Elements can be created and specified with attributes and operations. You can also define scenarios for the activities that the element represents.

Element panel of the Design ribbon in Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect.

Available Facilities

Facility

Description

See also

Insert

Click on the drop-down arrow to display a short list of options for adding elements to the model:

  • Insert New Element into Model - define and add a new element to the currently-selected Package or element and, if required, the currently open diagram, using the 'New Element' dialog
  • Insert Multiple New Elements - add a number of individual elements to the currently-open diagram, using the 'Create Multiple Elements' dialog
  • Insert Related Elements - identify elements that are related to the currently selected element and, if they are not on the currently-open diagram, add them to it
  • Insert Existing Elements - add an existing element to the currently-open diagram; the option displays the 'Select Element' browser, which you use to locate the element to add
Add Multiple Elements Insert Related Elements Select Dialog Add Elements Directly To Packages

Edit

Click on the drop-down arrow to display a list of commands you can use to identify, research, update and protect the element you have selected in a diagram or in the Project Browser.

  • Lock - open the 'Lock Element' dialog through which you can set or clear editing locks on the selected element
  • Clone Element as New Version - copy the structure of the selected element and paste it into the Project Browser as a new element and contents; a prompt displays for you to enter a version number for the new element, followed by a browser on which you select its parent Package or element
  • Edit Linked Document - open the Linked Document editor for the linked document on the currently-selected element
  • Parents and Interfaces - add or delete Generalization and Realization relationships to Parent or Interface Classes, using the 'Set Parents and Interfaces' dialog
  • Overrides and Implementations - set the system to automatically override methods from parent Classes and from realized Interfaces, using the 'Override Operations/Interfaces' dialog
  • Change Type - change the type of the selected element, using the 'Select Element Type' dialog
  • Find in Diagrams - find the selected element in every diagram in which it has been used; if the element is used in more than one diagram, the 'Element Usage' dialog displays
  • Find in Project Browser - highlight in the Project Browser an element selected from a diagram
  • Bookmark - add or remove a Bookmark on the selected element on the diagram; the element is marked with a red triangle
  • Find Elements with Linked Documents - display the Find in Project view, pre-loaded with an executed search for elements that have Linked Documents; right-click on an item and select the 'Edit Linked Document' option to review the element's document
  • Find Elements with Linked Documents modified recently - opens the Find in Project view preloaded with an executed search for elements that have Linked Documents that have updated within the last seven days (you can re-execute the search with a different number of days); right-click on an item and select the 'Edit Linked Document' option to review the element's document
  • Search Model - display the Find in Project view, through which you can search for the use of any aspect of an element across the model
Override Parent Operations Manage Structural Elements Set Element Parent Edit Linked Documents Model Search Show Element Use Change Element Type Lock Model Elements Bookmarks Clone Element as New Version

Properties

Click on this icon to display a short menu of options for editing the element properties, including Tagged Values and Linked Documents:

  • Properties - define the properties of the element using the dockable Properties window
  • Notes - create and review the notes on the element, using the Notes window
  • Linked Document - create or review the Linked Document on the element, using the 'Linked Document' tab of the Document window
  • Tagged Values - add, edit and delete Tagged Values on the currently-selected element, using the Tagged Values window
  • Properties Dialog - define the properties of the selected element using the element's 'Properties' dialog
  • Element Browser - show a summary of the added properties of the selected element, in the Element Browser
Tagged Values The Element Browser Properties Dialog Properties Window Linked Documents in the Document Window Notes

Features

Click on the drop-down arrow to display a list of options for creating and editing the features of the selected element on the Features window, including:

  • Attributes - display the 'Attributes' page to create, manage and delete attributes
  • Operations - display the 'Operations' page to create, manage and delete operations and their properties
  • Receptions - display the 'Receptions' page to create, manage and delete Receptions
  • Parts / Properties - display the 'Parts / Properties' page to view, create, manage and delete structural elements such as Parts and Properties on the selected element
  • Interaction Points - display the 'Interaction Points' page to view, manage, add and remove edge-mounted elements (such as Ports) that form the primary interaction points of complex, composite elements
  • Connection Points - if the selected element is a State, this tab helps you manage Entry and Exit Points specifically
Define Properties of Operations Reception Create and Manage Attributes

Responsibilities

Click on this icon to display a short menu of options:

  • Overview - a summary list of the Requirements, Constraints and Scenarios in the selected element
  • Requirements - create, edit and delete internal requirements of the selected element, using the 'Requirements' page of the Responsibilities window
  • Scenarios - create, edit and delete scenarios using the 'Structured Specification' tab of the 'Scenarios' page of the Responsibilities window
  • Constraints - create, edit and delete constraints on the selected element, using the 'Constraints' page of the Responsibilities window
  • Find Scenarios - locate and list all elements that contain structured scenarios
  • Help - display the top-level Help topic on Scenarios
Scenarios Responsibilities Constraints Internal Requirements

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