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Stereotype Settings

Enterprise Architect has an extensive set of Standard Element Stereotypes that you can apply to any UML construct. Using the Stereotypes tab of the UML Types dialog, a Technical Developer can also customize the stereotypes for your project by adding, modifying and deleting them. For information on customizing stereotypes, see Custom Stereotypes.

Stereotypes can be modified to make use of metafiles (image files) or customized colors, or to make use of the Enterprise Architect Shape Scripts to make new element shapes to determine the shape and dimensions of the element.

Access:     Settings | UML Types > Stereotypes

Use to:

  • Add, modify and delete stereotypes
  • Customize stereotypes appearance
  • Updating shape scripts and metafiles associated with Stereotypes




See also


Specify the name of the stereotype.


Group name

Enable grouping of stereotype features by a plural name, for attributes and operations, which is shown on diagrams in the attribute and operations compartments.


Base Class

Enable the stereotyped element to inherit the base characteristics from a pre-existing element type.



Indicates any notes concerning the stereotype (not the elements to which the stereotype is to be applied).



Switch to the default element appearance.



Enable an image file to be used for the appearance of the stereotype.


Shape Script

Specify custom shapes for the stereotype using the Enterprise Architect Shape Scripting language. For more information see the Shape Scripts topic.

Shape Scripts


Add the associated metafile or Shape Script from the stereotyped element.



Remove the associated metafile or Shape Script from the stereotyped element.



Set the default background color of the element.



Control the border color.



Control the color of the stereotype font.



Reset the appearance of the element to the default element appearance.



Provides a visual representation of the currently active Stereotype.



Enables a new stereotype to be created.



Saves the Stereotype details and adds the Stereotype to the Defined Stereotypes list.



Removes a Stereotype from the Defined Stereotypes list.


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