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Desktop Panel

You can use the 'Desktop' panel to access the Window Quick Access panels to select and open a window or a workspace. The panel also helps you to define the look and feel of the application. You can set preferences that change the style of the interface to suit the work role you are performing. You can define any number of workspace layouts and working sets, saving sets and arrangements of windows that are specific to a role that ultimately increases your productivity as a modeler. There is a range of preferences you can set to tailor the way the application behaves for you individually, including setting colors, fonts and diagram styles.

Explore panel of the Start ribbon in Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect.

Available Facilities

Facility

Description

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Design

Click on this icon to select from lists of windows for browsing the structure and content of the model, including:

  • Common windows for locating individual objects and displaying their properties
  • Detailed windows for displaying the features and characteristics of individual objects
  • Tools for creating and examining more complex components such as database definitions, schemas, scenarios, diagram layouts and the System Output window
Using the Context Tab of the Browser Navigator Toolbar Model Views Portal Using the Element Tab of the Browser Resources Window Team Library The System Output Window Window Quick Access

Share

Click on this icon to select from lists of windows for creating and reviewing records on the model structures, to be shared by members of the project team. These include messages and discussions concerning the model content, common resources and documents, reusable assets, templates, maintenance and project items, tests and project reports.

Tagged Values Notes Properties Dialog Responsibilities The Construct View Window Quick Access

Run

Click on this icon to select from lists of windows for performing execution analysis, profiling, simulation, scripting and debugging.

Gap Analysis Matrix The Relationships Window The Traceability Window Window Quick Access

Workspaces

Click on this icon to select from lists of system-defined and user-defined ('User Layouts') workspaces. Each workspace opens a number of related windows that together support a particular task or area of work in Enterprise Architect.

Click on the drop-down arrow to display these options:

  • Select a Workspace - displays the 'Workspace Layout' dialog at the 'Workspace' tab, from which you can select a system-provided Workspace to apply
  • Manage Workspaces - displays the 'Workspace Layout' dialog at the 'My Workspaces' tab, on which you can create a new custom Workspace or select and apply an existing customized Workspace
  • Save New Layout - save the current work area layout as a new workspace
  • Personal - lists any personal ribbon sets you have defined, for selection
  • Manage Ribbon Sets - displays the 'Workspace Layout' dialog at the 'My Ribbon Sets' tab, where you can define personal ribbon sets
  • Show All Ribbons - if you have applied a Ribbon Set to only show a subset of ribbons, this option restores all ribbons to the ribbon band
  • My Default Package - displays the 'Find Package' dialog, from which you select a default Package to expand in the Browser window whenever the model is loaded; this does not affect, nor is it affected by, any default diagram selected to open when the model is loaded
  • Open My Diagram - if you have defined a user diagram, re-open that diagram
  • Manage - provides these options:
         -  Set Current as Default - set the currently-open diagram as your user default diagram
         -  Choose Default - display a browser through which you locate and select a diagram to
             be your user default; you can specifically select no diagram (<none>), which still blocks
             the Model default diagram - if set - from being displayed when you open the model
         -  Clear - cancel any selection of a diagram as your user default; the Model default diagram,
             if set, is not blocked and will display when you open the model
  • Open Model Diagram - if a Model diagram (or Project diagram) has been set up with the work assignments and tasks for the overall project, re-open that diagram
  • Manage - provides these options:
         -  Set Current as Default - set the currently-open diagram as your Model default diagram
         -  Choose Default - display a browser through which you locate and select a diagram to
             be your Model default
         -  Clear - cancel any selection of a diagram as your Model default
  • Manage Views - provides a further menu of options for controlling how a selected view is displayed:
         -  Float View - display the current View as a floating window, allowing it
            to be displayed in 'Full Screen' mode or to be moved to a different
            display monitor
         -  Focus View - set the input focus back to the View that last had focus
            (intended to be accessed via command shortcut keys (Ctrl+Shift+0))
         -  Reload View - load the latest information from the model database,
            to update the display of the current View
         -  Close View - close the current View; you will be prompted to save any
            unsaved modifications
         -  Close All Except Current - close all Views except the current view; you
            will be prompted to save any unsaved modifications
         -  Close All - close all Views; you will be prompted to save any unsaved
            modifications
         -  Save All Modified Views - for every View that is currently open, save to
            the model database any modifications to the appearance of the View;
            these include modifications such as changes to color, size or position
         -  Auto Hide Active Window - autohide the currently active window
         -  Auto Hide All Docked Windows - autohide all open and docked windows
         -  Close Active Window - close the currently active window
  • Show Start Page - show or hide the Start Page; this setting persists through shut down and restart, until you specifically change the option
  • Always on Top - force the main Enterprise Architect window to be on top of all other windows
Workspace Layouts Windows Portal Diagram Context Menu The Start Page User Security Workspace Layouts Diagram Advanced Options The Start Page Customizing Ribbon Sets

Perspectives

Click on this icon to display a short menu offering options to display the 'Perspective Sets' dialog for managing sets of Perspectives, and the 'Manage Working Sets' dialog, on which you can define the diagrams, searches and matrixes you want to automatically display when you next log on to Enterprise Architect, either to pick up where you left off or to form a 'home base' for your day-to-day work. The first Working Set in the list is always 'Windows open when Model was last closed', which you can select to resume work at exactly the same point you stopped working in your previous work session.

Working Sets

Preferences

Click on the drop-down arrow to display options for:

  • Opening the 'Preferences' dialog on which you can set the general options of Enterprise Architect; you can control how the system behaves when you open a project, including setting the home directories and web pages the project refers to and how the Browser window responds when items are selected in it
  • Displaying the Diagram Toolbar at the top of every diagram you open in the model
  • Making toolbar icons larger and more visible both in the Toolbar ribbon and at the top of each dockable window, with immediate effect
  • Opening the 'Toolbars' tab of the 'Customize' dialog to set which Toolbars to automatically display in the Toolbar ribbon
  • Opening the 'Customization' dialog ('Other Options') to tailor other user controls, such as additional key combinations for accessing Enterprise Architect dialogs and facilities, and external tools to link to from within Enterprise Architect
Local Options Customize Dialog

Full Screen

Click on this icon to toggle Enterprise Architect in and out of 'Full Screen' mode.

Visual Style

Displays the 'Application Look' dialog, on which you can select from a range of visual styles, themes and accent colors. You can also choose options such as displaying window tabs at the top or bottom of the windows and displaying element properties using tree or list style displays.

Visual Styles

Notes

  • The 'Set Current as Default' and 'Choose Default' options are available in the Corporate, Unified and Ultimate editions of Enterprise Architect; User Security must be enabled
  • The User Default diagram overrides the Model Default diagram; the User Default setting is itself overridden by a project shortcut, which defines displays to present on opening the project

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