When you select an element on a diagram, or add a new element, a number of small icons display off the right hand side of the element underneath the Quick Linker arrow (); for example:
These icons display context menus and/or toolbars of diagramming options or perform specific actions, to help you quickly edit the element you have highlighted. If you do not want to show or use these icons, you can prevent their display by deselecting the 'Show buttons for selected Object on diagram' checkbox on the 'Objects' page of the 'Preferences' dialog.
Also, if an element shown in the diagram is locked, and the 'Display Element Lock Status' option is selected in the 'Properties' dialog for the diagram, a locking indicator is displayed outside the top left hand corner of the element. The indicator is the same as the exclamation mark (!) against a locked element in the Browser window:
- Red if the element is under a full lock or locked by another user
- Blue if the element is under a lock set by yourself or by a user in the same User Group as yourself
You might also see, on the left hand side of the element, another floating icon (). This displays when:
- In the 'Diagram' tab of the Properties window for the diagram, in the 'Connectors' section, the 'Show Feature Linker' checkbox is selected, and
- The element name or an operation, attribute or reception within the element is selected and highlighted
The icon helps you to create a relationship between the selected feature in one element and another element or a feature within it. See the Feature Quick Linker Help topic.
Click on this icon to display a context menu of options for operating on the selected element or elements. The common set of options are as shown:
You can use these options to:
|Lock Model Elements The Details Tab of the Inspector Window Collaborative Modeling Window Quick Access
Click on this icon to display a toolbar and context menu of options for operating on the element appearance, to change the appearance of the element. If you select the icon for a single element , the toolbar and options appear as shown:
The toolbar icons, in order of display, enable you to set the element's text font, text color, fill color, border color, and border line width, or to set the element fill color to a previously-sampled color, or to sample (copy and store) the current element fill color.
The context menu options enable you to:
If you select this icon on an element within a group of selected elements, further options are listed, as shown:
The additional options on the toolbar enable you to:
An additional context menu option - 'Layout Selected' - enables you to apply one of the ten diagram layout styles (other than Fan Relations), or to apply a style with finer control through the Layout Tools window.
|Layout Diagrams Z Order Elements Set an Element's Default Appearance Rectangle Notation Feature Visibility Alignment Panel
(Displays if the diagram has the 'Custom Styles' option selected.) Click on this icon to display a toolbar for applying custom diagram style options to the selected element or elements. The toolbar enables you to set the element:
|Custom Diagram Styles
Click on this icon to rotate a Fork/Join element from vertical to horizontal or vice-versa.
On a Package element, displays two further icons to generate:
|Create an HTML Report Generate Documentation
(Or ) Click on this icon to toggle an Activity Partition between vertical and horizontal.
Indicates that the Interaction Fragment currently contains messages; in this state you can:
This is the default condition when you open or reload a diagram containing a fragment. You can click on the icon to toggle to 'move freely' mode.
Indicates that the Interaction Fragment can be moved independently of the Messages or other elements contained within the fragment.
This is the default condition when you first create the fragment. You can click on the icon to toggle to 'contains messages' mode (earlier).