The Toolbox can be docked on either side of the diagram, or free floated on top of the diagram to expose more surface for editing.
Creating Elements and Connectors:
|1.||Select the required diagram from the Project Browser window.|
|2.||Click on select the appropriate UML, Extended or customized Toolbox option, and select the diagram type from the menu. Three pages display: <type> Elements, <type> Relationships and Common.|
If you select the option, you display only the Common page.
|3.||Click on the required item; for example, the Class element or Associate relationship.|
|4.||For element items, click anywhere on the diagram to place the new element. |
|5.||For connector items, drag the cursor between the start and end elements on the diagram. Alternatively, drag from the start element to an empty area of the diagram; the Quick-linker enables you to create the end element.|
Note: The Toolbox pages relate to specific UML diagrams. When you open a diagram, the Toolbox automatically provides the Elements and Relationships pages corresponding to the UML diagram type. This does not prevent the use of elements and connectors from other pages in a given diagram, though some combinations might not represent valid UML.
Note: Dropping a Package element from the Toolbox into a diagram creates a new package in the Project Browser window, and a default diagram of the same type as the current diagram.
Tip: You can hide and show the Toolbox using the button on the shortcut toolbar.
Toolbox Appearance Options
You can modify the appearance of the Toolbox pages in a number of ways, mainly through the context menu. Right-click on the Toolbox page to display the menu.
|·||To collapse a page to just show the heading (<type> Elements, <type> Relationships or Common), select the context menu option. Alternatively, click on the 'minus' box at the left of the page heading. To expand the page again, click on the heading.|
|·||To hide the element or relationship labels (and subsequently redisplay them), select the or context menu option. The icons in the page then 'wrap' within the page, without text labels.|
When you hide the labels, you can display the label of an individual element or relationship by moving the cursor over the icon.
|·||To 'pin' the page so that it displays for any category in the Toolbox, select the menu option. (This is not available on the Common page, which displays in all categories anyway.) |
For example, if you 'pinned' the Class Elements page, and switched to the Communication pages, the Toolbox would show both a Class Elements page and a Communication Elements page.
|·||To unpin the page so that it displays only in its own Toolbox category, right-click on it and select the context menu option.|