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Customizing Ribbon Sets

The Enterprise Architect ribbons provide access to the functions and facilities of the system, grouped according to work area. If you only work with the facilities of a certain area, such as Coding or Simulation, you can create a Ribbon Set to present just those facilities and hide other facilities that you do not use. You might hide certain panels of a ribbon, or the whole ribbon.

When you open Enterprise Architect, the Start ribbon is expanded in the ribbon bar by default. You can also set a different ribbon to be the default expanded on opening the system.

If you have user security enabled on a model or project, as an administrator you can also define sets of ribbons to be shown or hidden for other users in each of the security user groups. See the Perspectives for Security Groups Help topic.



Start > All Windows > Workspace > Workspace Tools > My Ribbon Sets

Create a Ribbon Set



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On the 'My Ribbon Sets' tab of the Workspace Layout window, the 'Create Ribbon Set' and 'Configure Ribbons' panels display.


Click on the New button, and in the 'Create New Ribbon Set' dialog type a name for the Ribbon Set.

Click on the OK button to add the new name to the 'Create Ribbon Set' panel and to make it the focus of the 'Configure Ribbons' panel.


To hide a complete ribbon, clear the 'Enable' checkbox against the ribbon name.

To hide selected panels within a ribbon, click on the white arrowhead to the left of the ribbon name, to display a list of panels that the ribbon contains. For each panel to hide, clear the 'Enable' checkbox against the panel name.

Clearing all the panel checkboxes for a ribbon also hides the complete ribbon (you cannot display an empty ribbon).


If you want to redisplay a panel or ribbon, select the corresponding 'Enable' checkbox. Selecting a panel within a hidden ribbon shows the ribbon again. Selecting to show a hidden ribbon selects the checkboxes against all its panels; you can then clear individual panels as required.

If you have cleared a number of ribbons and/or panels, you can restore the complete set of ribbons and panels by clicking on the Reset All button.


If you want to change the default ribbon expanded on opening Enterprise Architect, click on the drop-down arrow in the 'Default Ribbon' field at the foot of the page and select the appropriate ribbon name.

If you have hidden a complete ribbon in the 'Configure Ribbons' panel, that ribbon is not available for selection in the 'Default Ribbon' field.

The Reset All button also sets the field back to the 'Start' ribbon.


Click on the Save button to save your settings, and on the Close button to close the Workspace Layout window.


  • You cannot hide the 'Start' ribbon, 'Specification - Specify' ribbon or 'Document - Edit' ribbon, or any panels that they contain
  • If you no longer want to keep a Ribbon Set, click on the name in the 'Create Ribbon Set' panel and click on the Delete button and on the OK button in the confirmation prompt; if there are no Ribbon Sets left, the system reverts to the default of a full set of ribbons with all panels

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