Notes Toolbar

rich text notes toolbar

Although it is not an independent toolbar that you can pin to the screen top or sides, or float in your work area, the Notes toolbar appears in many places across Enterprise Architect in the Notes and Description fields of:

  • The element Properties dialog:
  • General tab
  • Requirements tab
  • Scenario tab
  • Hyperlink Notes
  • The Diagram Properties dialog
  • The Connector Properties dialog
  • The Message Properties dialog
  • The Operations and Attributes Properties dialogs
  • The Testing Window descriptions
  • The Notes window
  • The Rules and Scenarios Window for:
  • Requirements
  • Linked Requirements
  • Scenarios.


  • If the toolbar is displayed but grayed out, the text field is read-only and cannot be edited. Other Description or Notes fields in Enterprise Architect might not have the toolbar, in which case the Notes facility is not available for those fields.
  • For any Notes text that is displayed on a diagram, you must select the Render Formatted Notes checkbox on the Feature Visibility dialog in order to reproduce the formatting.
  • You can create a Project Glossary term and definition from text in any field that has the Notes toolbar. See The Notes Window.

The options of this toolbar operate on selected text and any new text continuing from the formatting. The options (with some keyboard shortcuts) are, from left to right:

  • Make text bold  [Ctrl]+[B]
  • Make text italic  [Ctrl]+[I]
  • Underline text  [Ctrl]+[U]
  • Change the font color of the text
  • Insert list bullet points  [Ctrl]+[.] (full stop)
  • Insert list numbering  [Ctrl]+[1]
  • Make text superscript
  • Make text subscript
  • Insert a hyperlink - this displays the following Hyperlink Details dialog, on which you specify the type of hyperlink and type in or browse for the location of the target of the hyperlink.

Additional keyboard shortcuts:

  • Undo changes  [Ctrl]+[Z]
  • Redo changes  [Ctrl]+[Y] or [Ctrl]+[Shift]+[Z]
  • Copy  [Ctrl]+[C]
  • Paste  [Ctrl]+[V]
  • Cut  [Ctrl]+[X]

Any Note text appearing in the element Note compartments in diagrams is not formatted.