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Connect Elements

This topic explains how to connect elements using the appropriate connector types on a diagram.




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Connect Elements on a Diagram

The fastest and simplest ways to create connectors are using the Quick Linker and using the Toolbox.

To create another connector of the same type as the last connector you used, click on the appropriate source element and press F3.

Create Connectors Diagram Toolbox Design Patterns Using UML Profiles

Selecting Connectors

To select a connector, simply click on it; drag handles display, indicating that the connector is selected.

This gives the connector focus for keyboard commands such as 'Delete', and displays connector properties in docked windows such as the Properties window.

If there is more than one connector on a diagram, you can cycle through them using the arrow keys.

Drag Connectors

You can drag a connector to position it; click on the connector and drag it to where it is to appear - note that there are some limitations on how far or to where you can drag a connector.

You can also reattach the end of a connector to a different source or target element.

Change the Source or Target Element Inspector - Details

Connector Properties and Commands

You can double-click on a connector to change properties in the 'Properties' dialog, or press Ctrl+2 and click on the connector to access the properties in the Properties window.

You can also right-click on a connector to display the context menu containing commands to change connector type and direction.

Connector Properties Change Connector Type Reverse Connector

Highlighting Connectors

You can highlight the connectors on a specific element by selecting the element and then pressing and holding the L key - all the connectors issuing from or terminating at that element are highlighted in separate colors. This is a useful feature to apply in conjunction with the context filtering facility on an element on a diagram.

Context Filter a Diagram

Create Connectors Without a Diagram

Sometimes it is useful to create relationships between elements without a diagrammatic representation; you can do this using the Browser window and the Relationship Matrix.

Create Connector in Browser Window Creating and Deleting Relationships


  • You can reposition a connector by selecting and dragging the connectors as required
  • If a connector has source and target roles, you can attach either end of the connector to a specific attribute or operation in the source or target element
  • If required, you can also create a connector between another connector and an element, or between two connectors

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