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General Options

You can control how the system behaves when you open a project, including setting the home directories and web pages the project refers to.

The 'General' page has a child 'Window Behavior' page for defining how dockable windows display on the system.



Start > Desktop > Preferences > Preferences > General

Keyboard Shortcuts

Ctrl+F9 | General

Control system behavior



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Defaults to your Windows user name. This value is applied to the 'Author' field when you create new elements and diagrams. Optionally, type in a new Author name, or click on the drop-down arrow and select a name from the list (which contains names defined on the 'Project Author(s)' page of the 'People' dialog).

When user security is enabled, this field will be populated with your Firstname Lastname as defined in the 'Manage Users' dialog, and it can only be modified there, not on the 'General' page of the 'Preferences' dialog.

Maintain Users Project Authors General Tab General Settings

Clipboard Format

Click on the drop-down arrow and select the graphic format in which to save images to the Microsoft Windows clipboard; Metafile has the best detail.

Copy Image to Clipboard

Use Jet 4.0 - requires restart

Select the checkbox to set JET 4.0 as the database engine; this ensures compatibility with .eap files that are in turn compatible with versions of MS Access later than Access 97, and that support unicode character sets.

If your project is not in a Jet 4.0 database, you should also download a copy of the Jet 4.0 EABase Model from the Sparx Systems website, and do a 'File to File' transfer of your model into the Jet 4.0 file.

If the checkbox is not selected, the database engine is Jet 3.5.

Project Data Transfer Link to Jet 4.0 EABase Model

Use extended « and » characters

The checkbox defaults to selected to apply the guillemet characters to stereotype names; recommended for double byte character sets.

Deselect the checkbox to hide the guillemet characters.

Stereotype Visibility

Allow custom RTF tags in reports

Select the checkbox to use customized rich text format code in report templates when you generate reports with the 'Legacy RTF Report Generator'.

In releases of Enterprise Architect from 7.0 onwards, with the notes-formatting facility, this option is not really necessary.

The Legacy RTF Report Generator Notes Toolbar

Default Project

Either type in the file path and file name of the project to open when you start up Enterprise Architect, or click on the Browse. button and browse for the project.

Project Directory

Type in the default directory location for the Enterprise Architect project files you create.

Portal Guides

When you select a PDF User Guide from the User Guide Portal, the system downloads the file from the Sparx Systems website. If you have stored the User Guides in a different location, type in either the local directory path or the URL of the website into which you have moved the files.

Guidebook Portal

Confirm Deletes

The checkbox defaults to selected to display a confirmation prompt whenever you delete a model component.

Only clear this checkbox to bypass the prompt if you are an experienced user and have taken other measures to identify and recover from accidental deletes.

Delete Elements from Diagram and Model Delete Diagrams

Allow Free Sorting

Select the checkbox to allow you to manually reorganize elements within a Package regardless of element type, in the Browser window.

Order Package Contents

Show Stereotypes

The checkbox defaults to selected to display element and feature stereotype names as part of the object names in the Browser window.

Deselect the checkbox to hide the stereotype names.

Set Default Behavior

Project Loading Strategy

Click on the drop-down arrow and select the model loading behavior for project files; choose either:

  • 'Load on Demand' (Lazy Load) or
  • 'Preload Entire Model'

'Load on Demand' does not load the full project view when you load a model; instead, only the parts that are necessary to display the visible portion of the Project Browser tree are loaded.

This means that the model loads faster and you can begin work sooner, but at the expense of later small delays as the system loads specific portions of the model.

Note: This option is only relevant for File based repositories (.EAP, .EAPX).  Server based connections use the LazyLoad option defined in their connection to control their Project Loading Strategy, with the default being 'Load on Demand'.  Cloud based connections only support the 'Load on Demand'.

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