Please note : This help page is not for the latest version of Enterprise Architect. The latest help can be found here.

Start Page

When you start Enterprise Architect, the first page displayed is the Start Page.

This page offers the following options:


Use to


Locate an object in Enterprise Architect. Type the name of the object in this field and click on the [ ... ] button. Enterprise Architect displays the results of the search on the Model Search screen.

Click on an item in the search results to highlight it in the Project Browser.

Open a Project File

Display the Open Project dialog, which you use to open an existing project (where you have more project files than can be listed in the Recent panel).

Create a New Project

Save a new project and open the Model Wizard dialog.

Copy a Base Project

Select a different Base Project to generate a new project from.

Connect to Server

Specify a Data Source name to connect to. MySQL, SQL Server, Oracle 9i, 10g and 11g, PostgreSQL, MSDE, Adaptive Server Anywhere, Access 2007 and Progress OpenEdge repositories are supported.


This feature is available in the Corporate, Business and Software Engineering, Systems Engineering and Ultimate editions.

Getting Started

Open the Tasks Pane, to display useful topics and guides for various areas of work in Enterprise Architect.

Configure Options

Display the Help on the Options dialog, which enables you to define how Enterprise Architect displays and processes information.

Online Resources & Tutorials

Open the Resources page of the Sparx Systems website, which provides access to a wide range of Enterprise Architect and UML tutorials, demonstrations, examples, Add-Ins and advice.

Enterprise Architect Community

Access the Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect Community Site, which contains a range of articles, discussions, tools and resources provided by both Sparx Systems and the Enterprise Architect user community.

You must register to use the facilities of the site; you can also register as an author and submit material yourself, for others to read and use.


Select from a list of the most recently used Enterprise Architect projects (both .EAP files and DBMS connections). Click on the required project to open it.

If you have created and used shortcuts to your models, a model might have two entries - one for the model accessed through Enterprise Architect and one for the model accessed through the desktop shortcut. These open the same model, although the shortcut entry also enacts any view profile you have defined.

To remove a hyperlink to a project from this list, see Remove Recent Projects.

If your model has a default diagram set, the default diagram opens immediately over the top of the Start Page. You can still access the Start Page from the diagram tabs below the diagram. However, if you have set a shortcut view profile, that overrides the default diagram setting.