Connectors define specific relationships between specific elements, so you usually create them directly on the diagram by dragging the required relationship type from the Diagram Toolbox. As for elements, the Toolbox automatically presents the connector or relationship types appropriate to the type of diagram currently displayed.
Define a relationship between two model elements on a diagram
Display the Diagram Toolbox; either:
Also, if it is not already displayed, open the Properties window ('Start > All Windows > Design > Create > Properties' ribbon option).
Open the diagram containing the elements to be connected, in the Diagram View (double-click on the diagram name in the Browser window).
The selected diagram opens and the Toolbox is updated to display the categories of elements and relationships that are applicable to that diagram type.
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Click on the required icon in the Toolbox to select the type of connector to draw.
The connector type is highlighted in the Toolbox.
Click on the source element in the relationship, then drag the cursor across to the target element.
A connector of the selected type is drawn between the two elements.
The connector becomes the focus of the Properties window.
Use the Properties window to define the characteristics of the connector as required.
- If you are creating several connectors of one type, after creating the first press the key then click and drag from the source element to the target
- As you drag a connector path, you can press the to create a bend in the connector; if necessary, you can put several bends in the connector line, pressing the Shift key every time you want to change direction
- To roll back the bends, keep holding the left mouse button down and press the as many times as is necessary
- To find out more about the type of connector you have dragged on to a diagram, right-click on the connector and select the 'Type Information' option, which displays a Help page on the connector type