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Standard Colors

The Standard Colors page of the Options dialog enables you to set the display color of a range of objects and their backgrounds. On first use, the page displays the system default colors. To display the range of colors available for an item, or to define a new color, click on the down arrow at the end of the appropriate field.

Access:     Tools | Options > Standard Colors

Use to:

  • Set global colors




See also


Define the paper (background) color in diagrams


Element Fill

Define the fill color of elements


Element Line

Define the line color of elements



Define the color of element outline shadows



Define the color of attribute text



Define the color of method (operation) text


Note Color

Define the note background color


Note Compartment Text

Define the color of text in the element Note compartment



Define the screen (element) color


Connector Line

Define the connector line color



Define the color for behaviors in Activity diagrams


Custom Colors

Click on the Define Colors button to define up to 16 custom colors to be used in changing the appearance of elements on diagrams

The Show Project Custom Colors in Color Combo Boxes checkbox must be selected in order for this button to operate

Create Project Colors

Show Project Custom Colors in Color Combo Boxes

Enable the use of project custom colors within the Default Appearance dialog

When you select this option, the last 16 squares on the color selection palettes on the Default Appearance dialog are reserved for the custom colors

You must restart Enterprise Architect for changes to this option to take effect

Set an Element's Default Appearance


  • Using this page of the Options dialog, you can set the background of all diagrams to be a specific color; you can also use the Diagram Appearance page to set all diagram backgrounds to be either a uniform color or to have a fade gradient from top to bottom
  • As an alternative, you can create a background image for the diagram
  • To override the default appearance of a specific element on all diagrams on which it is found, right-click on the element and select the Appearance | Default Appearance context menu option; the Default Appearance dialog displays
  • To change the appearance of a specific element on the current diagram only, use the Format toolbar; if this toolbar is not displayed, select the View | Toolbars | Format Tool menu option

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