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Add Custom Tools

You can extend the power of the Enterprise Architect desktop by making external tools accessible from the ribbons. You can create options that hyperlink to different applications, compilers, batch scripts, automation scripts, URLs or documentation. The tools can be either commercially available or those you have configured yourself.



Start > Appearance > Preferences > Other Options > Tools : Tools new icon

Add and configure custom tools



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Menu contents

In the boxed, blank field in the list, type in the name of the tool as it should appear in the menu.



  • Type the name of the tool .exe file to use, or
  • Click on the Browse. button and browse to the file location

The .exe file must have a valid filename.


Type in any arguments required by the tool

Open External Tools Pass Parameters to Applications

Initial directory

(Optional) Type in the location of an initial directory.


Click on this button to close the 'Customize' dialog.

Your tool is added to the 'Tools' menu.