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Edit Element Item Name

You can edit the name of an element, operation or attribute directly on the diagram using in-place editing.

Edit element or feature name



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Open the diagram containing the element.


Click on the element and on the name to change within the element.

The item line is highlighted in a lighter shade (the default is white), to indicate that it has been selected.

A UML Class element in Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect showing an attribute selected for in-place editing tasks.


Right-click on the item.

The context menu displays.


Select the 'Edit Selected' menu option, or press F2 to enable you to edit the item directly from the diagram.

The name of the attribute or operation is highlighted.


Delete or type over the name.

A UML Class element in Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect with an attribute name selected for in-place editing.


Press the Enter key to accept the change, or Esc to cancel the change.