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The Objects page of the Options dialog enables you to configure how elements look and respond in diagrams.

Access:     Tools | Options > Objects

Use to:

  • Change how elements look and respond




See also


Set the default version for new elements



Set the default phase for new elements


Highlight References

Highlight parameters in operations that are passed by reference rather than value


Reference Char(s)

Specify a character to use for the reference



Indicate whether to use the Reference Char(s) value as a prefix (before) or a suffix (after)


Warn about spaces in class names

Enable or hide the warning message that a Class, operation or attribute name has embedded spaces (which can cause coding problems)


Classes honor analysis stereotypes

Show Classes as their stereotype; for example, if a Class is stereotyped as a Boundary, it appears as a Boundary rather than a Class


Show stereotype icon for requirements

Show or hide a code letter in the top right corner of Requirement (E, for external), Change (C) and Issue (I) elements


Support for Composite Objects

Enable you to drag child elements onto parent elements in a diagram, and automatically embed them (and drag embedded child elements out of parent elements, breaking the child-parent relationship)

Move Elements Within Diagrams

Auto-resize marks diagram 'dirty'

Ensure that auto-resizing of elements (such as Classes) marks the current diagram as changed (asterisk on the diagram name tab), so it should be saved


Highlight {abstract} elements

Highlight abstract elements with a suitable tag {abstract} in the top right of the Class


Allow elongated Use Cases

Stretch Use Cases or Use Case extension points with long names to enable space for the name

If you deselect the checkbox, Use Case re-sizing is proportional and the 'make same' menu options are blocked

Position Submenus

Show status colors on diagrams

Enable color coding for Requirements and similar elements

Status Types

Copy inheritance links on duplicate

Duplicate Inheritance and Realization connectors when an edit/copy is performed


Port and Part type visible by default

Enable Port and Part types to be shown by default


Show buttons for selected Object on diagram

Display the floating toolbar buttons to the left of the selected object; for example:



Edit Object on New

Automatically show the element Properties dialog when a new element is added


Show «column» stereotype

Hide or show the «column» stereotype used when data modeling


Extend Complexity

Extend levels of complexity to five levels in the Complexity option in the Properties window; otherwise only three levels are available


UML 1.5 Components

Use UML 1.5 components (Enterprise Architect versions 4.0 and later support UML 2.x)


Show State Compartment

Show or hide the State Compartment divider under the state name


Show Duplicate Tags

Enable duplicate tags to be shown


Group Operations by Stereotype

Group an element's operations by their stereotype on the diagram


Group Attributes by Stereotype

Group an element's attributes by their stereotype on the diagram


Sort Features Alphabetically

Sort element features alphabetically

Features include Attributes, Operations, Tags, Constraints and Test Cases


Disable spelling

Turn off automatic spell checking

Deselect to resume automatic spell checking

Spell Checking


Set the visibility of certain elements in reports and in diagram packages

Element Visibility