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Remove Elements From a Diagram

Removing an element from a diagram does not delete the element from the model and therefore does not alter the structure of the underlying model. When you remove an element from a diagram, you are essentially 'hiding' the element in that particular view of the model.

Remove elements from a diagram




Open the diagram that is to be modified.


  • Double-click on the diagram name in the Browser window, or
  • Make an already open diagram the 'active' diagram, by clicking on its tab in the Diagram View



  • Press Ctrl+A to select all of the elements in the diagram, or
  • Click on an element in the diagram to select it (and use Ctrl+click to add further elements to your selection, or to remove elements from the selection)

The selected elements are highlighted in the diagram.



  • Press the Delete key, or
  • Press Ctrl+D, or
  • Right-click a selected element and select the 'Delete <element name>' or 'Delete Selected' option

The selected elements are removed from the diagram.


You can 'undo' the removal of a diagram element, by pressing Ctrl+Z, or by clicking the Undo button in the Default Tools toolbar