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Advanced Submenu

The Advanced submenu on an element context menu can contain the options listed in the table below.




See also


Set the element parent

Ctrl + I

Set Element Parent

Instance Classifier

Set the instance classifier for the element, on the Select <Item> dialog

Ctrl + L

Select <Item> Dialog

Classifier Properties

Open the Properties dialog for the classifier of the selected element

Ctrl + Alt + Enter

Properties Dialog

Make Composite

Set the element as a Composite element


Composite Elements

Change to State (Value) Lifeline

Switch one type of Lifeline element to the other



Show Composite Diagram

Display a mini-picture of the contents of a composite element within that element




Define the multiplicity for the element, using the format defined on the Cardinality tab

This is the number of instances of the element that can exist in a set; the value displays on the element in a diagram, in the Name compartment



Show Element Type

(Ports and Parts only) Toggles between displaying and hiding the element type, as set on the Property page of the element's Properties dialog




The Property Page

Edit Extension Points

For an extended Use Case, display the Use Case Extension Points dialog, which you use to insert the point at which the behavior should be inserted


Use Case Extension Points

Association Class

Connect the Class to a new Association (if the element is a Class)


Connect New Class to Association

Use Rectangle (Circle) Notation

Use rectangle notation for the element


Rectangle Notation

Partition Activity

Define an Activity Partition


Activity Partition

Set Run State

Add a new instance variable to the element using the Define Run State dialog


Define A Run-Time Variable

Set Property Value

(Part elements) Set the property value for the Part, using the Set Property Values dialog



Override Attribute Initializers

Pre-define initial values for attributes that can be used to override existing defaults

Ctrl + Shift + R


Convert to Instance (Property)

Convert this classifier to an instance or a property, depending on the type of classifier selected (for example, SysML classifiers are always converted to properties)



Convert Linked Element To Local Copy

Convert the occurrence of the element on this diagram from a link to the original element to a local copy of the element



Make Sender/Receiver

Toggle the element from a sender to a receiver and vice versa



Accept Time Event

Change the notation for an Accept Event action to an Accept Time Event action



Set Object State

Set the state of an object/instance based on the child states of its classifier

Ctrl + Shift + S

Object State

Define Concurrent Substates

Define a set of substates that can be held simultaneously within that composite State



Use State Label Notation

Display State Label Notation for a State object (the element name is displayed on a box on top of the element rather than inside it)



Deep History

Change the type of a shallow History pseudo-state to a deep History

Applies only when right-clicking on a History pseudo-state.



Set Attached Links

Attach the selected Note element to a connector, or several connectors


Add A Note to A Connector

Link to Diagram Note

Display the diagram notes as the Note element text

The option simply deletes any current text and blocks the Note from being edited other than through the Notes field in the diagram Properties dialog




  • Context menus vary between element types. Not all menu options shown here are present on all element context menus; for example, the Partition Activity option only displays for an Activity element
  • If an element appearance is overridden by a Shape Script, several of the appearance options are disabled; for example, Use Rectangle (Circle) Notation

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