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

Diagram Context Menu

To open the diagram context menu, open the required diagram and right-click on the diagram background.





See Also


Display the Diagram Properties dialog


Diagram Properties


List the scripts enabled for execution directly from the diagram (does not display if no diagram scripts exist)



Swimlanes and Matrix

Add Swimlanes or a Swimlanes Matrix to the diagram



Swimlanes Matrix

Lock Diagram

Lock a diagram to protect it from inadvertent changes

This does not apply if security is enabled in the Corporate, Business and Software Engineering, Systems Engineering and Ultimate editions, in which case you lock the model elements


Lock a Diagram

Lock Model Elements

List View

Gantt View

Display the diagram contents as a Diagram List or as a Gantt chart instead of as a diagram


Diagram List

New Element or Connector

Insert various elements and connectors into a diagram


Insert Elements & Connectors

Insert Existing Element

Locate an existing element, using the Select Element dialog, and insert it into the diagram as a linked element



Paste Element(s) as Link

Paste Element(s) as New

Paste copied element(s) as a link or as new elements


Paste copied element

Paste Image from Clipboard

Paste an image held on the clipboard into the diagram

Ctrl + Shift + Insert

Paste an image

Make all elements selectable

Make all the elements on the diagram selectable

If an element is:

  • Selectable, you can move it around the diagram and perform right-click context-menu operations
  • Unselectable, you cannot move it around the diagram and the only right-click operation available is to make the element selectable

This option has no effect on double-click operations on the element, such as displaying child diagrams



Modify Z Order

Re-order overlapping objects in the diagram

This option both:

  • Numbers the objects in the diagram by Z-order, in red, and
  • Lists the objects by Z-order in the Modify Z Order dialog

In the dialog, you select the required object and move it up or down in the Z-order using the Up and Down arrow keys, each click on an arrow key changes the Z-order by 1

When you select the object in the list, that object is also selected on the diagram and its Z-order number is shown in blue

Click on the OK button to save your changes



Save as Profile

Save the current diagram as a Profile


Export a Profile

Import from source file(s)

Import, or reverse engineer, source code (not available in the Desktop edition)


Import, or reverse engineer, source code

Import DB schema from ODBC

Import database tables from an ODBC data source (not available in the Desktop edition)


Import database tables from an ODBC data source

Save Current Changes

Save any changes to the current diagram

Ctrl + S



View the Enterprise Architect Help on the type of diagram currently displayed




  • Not all the menu options described appear on all diagram context menus