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Re-Order Messages

When constructing your Communication diagram, it is frequently necessary to create or delete Message 'groups' and to re-order the sequence of Messages. There are two dialogs that help you perform these tasks: the 'Message Properties' dialog and the 'Sequence Communications' dialog.

Organize Message Groups

If you have several Messages in the form 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, for example, but want to start a new numbering group on, say, the third Message (that is, 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3), you can change that Message in the series to a Start Group message.

Step

Action

1

Double-click on a Message name.

The 'Message Properties' dialog displays.

2

To make the selected Message the start of a new group, select the 'Start New Group' checkbox.

3

If required, in the 'Notes' field, type an explanatory note.

You can format the text using the Notes toolbar at the top of the field.

4

Click on the OK button to save changes.

Sequence Messages

In larger and more complex diagrams, you might have to use deeper levels of Messages in a group; for example, 1, 1.2, 1.2.1, 1.2.1.1. You might also have to change the sequence of Messages, making Message 1.3, for example, into Message 1.1.

Step

Action

1

Either:

  • Select the 'Layout > Diagram > Options > Sequence Communication Messages' ribbon option, or
  • Right-click on the diagram background and select the 'Sequence Communication Messages' option, or
  • Right-click on a Message and select the 'Sequence Communication Messages' option

The 'Communication Messages' dialog displays.

2

Click on the Message to adjust and, at the bottom of the dialog, click on the:

  • Move Up or Move Down (Hand) buttons to move the Message up or down the sequence (for example, Message 1.2 to Message 1.1 or 1.3)
  • Move Left or Move Right (Hand) buttons to move the Message up or down a level (for example, Message 1.2.1 to Message 1.2 or Message 1.2.1.1)

3

Repeat step 2 until the Message sequence and levels match your requirements.

You might have to adjust other Message numbers (in group, sequence or level) to accommodate the changes you have made.

4

Click on the OK button to save changes.

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