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Modify Properties

When you create an element and connect it to another element, you usually have to define various characteristics of both the element and the connector to identify the purpose and function they represent. You do this using the Properties window.

When you create elements, Enterprise Architect automatically names and numbers them by type - for example, Class1, Class2 - so you should at least change the 'Name' field to more easily identify each element. Enterprise Architect does not automatically name connectors, but for many connector types you can provide a name that describes the purpose of the connection.

Modify the characteristics of a model element or connector



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Select the 'Start > Desktop > Design > Properties' ribbon option. The Properties window displays.

Click on the element or connector for which to define properties. The initial details for that object display in the Properties window.

Properties Window Properties Window and Dialog for Connectors


Modify the element or connector characteristics as required.


Click on the diagram background.

The element or connector details in the window are saved; the diagrams that contain the element or connector are updated as necessary, as is the Browser window.


  • You can also modify the properties of an element or connector using the 'Properties' dialog, which is specific to the selected object; select:
         -  For an element, the 'Design > Element > Editors > Properties Dialog' ribbon option or
         -  For a connector, right-click on the connector and select the 'Properties' menu option
  • On the 'Properties' dialog, click on the OK button to save the changes and close the dialog

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