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Insert Operation Parameter

You can add operation parameters to an operation through the in-place editing options, using hotkey commands or menu shortcuts.

Add parameters to operations in a Class diagram element



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Open the diagram containing the element.


Click on the element, and on the operation to update 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 operation selected for in-place editing tasks.


Press F2, or right-click on the selected item and select the 'Edit Selected' option.


Move the cursor inside the parameter brackets and type the parameter name, followed by a colon (for example, bks: for a vector containing books).


Give the parameter a type.

Place the cursor after the colon at the end of the name and add the classifier; either:

  • Press Ctrl+Space to invoke the classifier autocompletion list
  • Press Ctrl+Shift+Space to select a classifier from the 'Select <Item>' dialog or
  • Click the right mouse button to display the inline editing options context menu and select the 'Insert Classifier' option

The 'Select <Item>' dialog displays.

Intelli-sense Select Dialog


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

The diagram is updated to reflect the changes.