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General Options

You can control how the system behaves when you open a project, including setting the home directories and web pages the project refers to.

The 'General' page has a child 'Window Behavior' page for defining how dockable windows display on the system.



Start > Appearance > Preferences > Preferences > General

Keyboard Shortcuts

Ctrl+F9 | General

Control system behavior



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Defaults to your Windows user name. This value is applied to the 'Author' field when you create new elements and diagrams. Optionally, type in a new Author name, or click on the drop-down arrow and select a name from the list (which contains names defined on the 'Project Author(s)' page of the 'People' dialog).

When user security is enabled, this field will be populated with your Firstname Lastname as defined in the 'Manage Users' dialog, and it can only be modified there, not on the 'General' page of the 'Preferences' dialog.

Configure Model Users Project Authors General Tab General Settings

Clipboard Format

Click on the drop-down arrow and select the graphic format in which to save images to the Microsoft Windows clipboard; Metafile has the best detail.

Copy Image to Clipboard

Default Project

Either type in the file path and file name of the project to open when you start up Enterprise Architect, or click on the Browse. button and browse for the project.

Project Directory

Type in the default directory location for the Enterprise Architect project files you create.

Portal Guides

When you select a PDF User Guide from the User Guide Portal, the system downloads the file from the Sparx Systems website. If you have stored the User Guides in a different location, type in either the local directory path or the URL of the website into which you have moved the files.

Guidebook Portal

Confirm Deletes

The checkbox defaults to selected to display a confirmation prompt whenever you delete a model component.

Only clear this checkbox to bypass the prompt if you are an experienced user and have taken other measures to identify and recover from accidental deletes.

Delete Elements from Diagram and Model Delete Diagrams

Free Sorting

Select the checkbox to allow you to manually reorganize elements within a Package regardless of element type, in the Browser window.

Order Package Contents

Show Stereotypes

The checkbox defaults to selected to display element and feature stereotype names as part of the object names in the Browser window.

Deselect the checkbox to hide the stereotype names.

Set Default Behavior

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