Book a Demo

Please note : This help page is not for the latest version of Enterprise Architect. The latest help can be found here.

Prev Next

Properties Window for Elements

The docked Properties window provides a convenient and immediate way to view and edit properties of modeling objects such as elements. When the Properties window is open and you click on an element in a diagram or in the Browser window, the Properties window displays the general properties and usually provides specialized tabs appropriate to the particular type of element. For example:

  • Port and Part elements have a 'Property' tab and a 'Redefined/Subsetted' tab
  • Class and Signal elements simply have an 'Element' tab, a 'Translation' tab and a 'Tags' tab
  • Objects have a 'Run States' tab
  • Activity elements have 'Behavior', 'Parameters', and 'Partitions' tabs
  • Action and Invocation elements (depending on their type) have 'Action', 'Trigger', 'Behavior', 'Arguments' and 'Call' tabs
  • Action Pins have a 'Pin' tab
  • Checklists have a 'Checklist' tab
  • System Boundaries have a 'Boundary' tab on which you define the element appearance

As you review the properties for an element, you can edit the values by overtyping them, or by clicking on the drop-down arrow or browse button to select alternative values.



After selecting the Properties window using one of these methods, click on the first required element.

Start > Desktop > Design > Properties   or

Design > Element > Editors > Properties  or

Explore > Portals > Windows > Properties > Properties

Keyboard Shortcuts



Alt+1 | Properties

Alt+5 | Properties

Properties Window Options

As well as the Save icon (to apply changes to the model) and the icon (to switch to the 'Properties' dialog for the element), the Properties window has a 'Hamburger' icon that, when you click on it, provides a number of options. These options are available when you are displaying the Properties window for an element.



See also

Find in Project Browser

Locates and highlights the current element in the Browser window.

Element Properties

If you are displaying the properties of an element, displays the 'Properties' dialog for the element. (For other objects, displays the appropriate dialog for entering property data on that object.)

Properties Dialog


If the current element is capable of having operations, opens the Features window at the 'Operations' tab, to show the operations of the element.

Define Properties of Operations


If the current element is capable of having attributes, opens the Features window at the 'Attributes' tab, to show the attributes of the element.

Create and Manage Attributes


If the current element is capable of having Receptions, opens the Features window at the 'Receptions' tab, to show the Receptions of the element.


Set Parents

If the current element can have interfaces and parent elements, opens the 'Set Parents and Interfaces' dialog.

Set Element Parent

Show Groups

Select or deselect this option to partition the Properties into groups (such as 'General Settings', 'Project' and 'Advanced'), or present them all in one continuous list.


Select this option to display the Help topic appropriate to the page or tab of the 'Properties' dialog that you have selected.


  • As the Properties window is so versatile and supports so many aspects of defining what the element represents, not all tabs and fields are currently documented; for information on the 'Element' page of the Properties window, please refer to the Element Page Help topic
  • If your organization uses WebEA on the Pro Cloud Server, it is likely that the 'Project' section of the 'Element' page will have a 'WebEA' field showing the https address of the element for access by WebEA; this field is enabled by the Project Administrator, setting the model's web address in the 'URL' field of the 'Cloud' page of the 'Manage Project Options' dialog, and is automatically filled with a composite of the model URL, the model number in WebEA, and the diagram's GUID

Learn more