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


A Change element is a structured comment that contains information about requested changes to the system/model. This corresponds in some sense to a change in requirements for the current system. A Change element looks the same as a Requirement element:


Enterprise Architect enables you to generate and handle Changes in much the same way as you can handle and color code Requirements. For more information, see the Requirements topic.

You can connect Changes using Realization connectors to model elements that implement the Change, and you can structure a hierarchy of changes using Aggregation.


Change elements can be created with or without an identifying C in the top right corner of the element. To toggle the display of this letter, select or deselect the Show stereotype icon for requirements checkbox on the Options dialog, Objects page.

Add a Change Using the Toolbox

To add a Change to the model using the Toolbox:

  1. Open a Custom diagram.
  2. From the Custom pages or Common page of the Toolbox, drag the Change icon onto the diagram.
  3. Enter the details as required.

Add a Change Using the Insert New Element Dialog

To add a Change to the model using the Insert New Element dialog, follow the steps below:

  1. Right-click on a package in the Project Browser.
  2. Select the Insert | New Element context menu option. The New Element dialog displays.
  3. In the Type field, click on the drop-down arrow and select Change.
  4. In the Name field, type a name for the element.
  5. Click on the OK button.