The Element Menu

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You can configure and access element details using the Element menu. This enables you to control element layout, generate documentation and manage project resources.


Menu Option

Functionality and Function Keys


View the properties window of the selected element. [Alt]+[Enter]

Add Tagged Value

Add a Tagged Value to the currently selected element. [Ctrl]+[Shift]+[T]

Linked Document

Link any element to a rich text document. [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[D]


View and edit the attributes for the selected element. [F9]


View and edit the operations for the selected element. [F10]

Inline Features

See below.

Set Feature Visibility

Set various states relating to the selected element(s) visibility. [Ctrl]+[Shift]+[Y]


See below.

Rich Text Format (RTF) Report

Generate a report for the currently selected package in rich text format.

Source Code Engineering

See below.

Open Source in External Editor

Open the source code of the selected class in the default external editor for that language. (Source code must have been generated, and the selected element must be a class.) [Ctrl]+[E] or [F12].

Locate in Project Browser

Locate the currently selected element in the Project Browser window [Alt]+[G]. (If no element is selected,  [Alt]+[G] locates the current diagram in the Project Browser window.)

Find in Diagrams

Display all occurrences of the currently selected element. [Ctrl]+[U]

Custom References

Show model element cross references. [Ctrl]+[J]


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Make Same

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Z Order

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Space Evenly

See below.

The Inline Features Sub-Menu

The Inline Features sub-menu provides various options to directly edit class diagram model elements from the class diagram.

Menu Option


Edit Selected

Attach a note or attach a constraint to the element. [F2]

View Properties

Opens the dialog window containing details of the selected element feature, or the element if no feature is selected.

Insert New After Selected

Inserts a new item to the element.  [Ctrl]+[Shift]+[Insert]

Add Attribute

Adds an attribute to the element. [Ctrl]+[Shift]+[F9]

Add Operation

Adds an operation to the element. [Ctrl]+[Shift]+[F10]

Add Other

Enables you to insert a feature on the specific element item, such as Maintenance features and Testing features. [Ctrl]+[F11]

Delete Selected from Model

Deletes the selected item from the model.  [Ctrl]+[Shift]+[Delete]

Other options that are available while in editing elements mode in a diagram (when an attribute or operation is highlighted) include:




Accept current changes.


Accept current changes and open a new slot to add a new item.


Abort edit, without save.


Context menu for in-place editing.


Invoke the Classifier dialog.

The Advanced Sub-Menu

The Advanced sub-menu provides various options to choose from to customize the appearance of model elements.

Menu Option


Overrides & Implementations

Automatically override methods from parent classes and from realized interfaces. [Ctrl]+[Shift]+[O]

Set Parents and Interfaces

Manually set an element's parent or an interface it realizes. [Ctrl]+[I]

Embedded Elements

Enable you the attach elements to currently selected element. [Ctrl]+[Shift]+[B]

Change Type

Change the element type of the selected element.

The Source Code Engineering Sub-Menu

Note: This sub-menu is a tear off menu.

Forward and reverse engineer code using the language of your choice.

Menu Option


Generate Current Element

Generate source code for the currently selected element. [Ctrl]+[G] or [F11]

Synchronize Current Element

Synchronize selected class with source code. [Ctrl]+[R] or [F7]

Batch Generate Selected Element(s)

Batch generate source code for the currently selected element(s). [Shift]+[F11]

Batch Synchronize Selected Element(s)

Batch synchronize the currently selected element(s) with source code. [Ctrl]+[R]

Open Source Directory

Open the directory containing the source for this element. [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[Y]

The Appearance Sub-Menu

The Appearance sub-menu provides various options to choose from to customize the appearance of model elements.

Menu Option



Auto-size a group of elements in a diagram to a best fit. [Alt]+[Z]

Configure Default Appearance

Set border, font, background color and border thickness for the selected element. [Ctrl]+[Shift]+[E]

Select Alternate Image

Select an alternative image for the selected element.  [Ctrl]+[Shift]+[W]

Apply Image From Clipboard

Insert the image currently held on the clipboard.

The Alignment Sub-Menu

Use the Alignment sub-menu to align the selected element(s) to each other.

Menu Option



Align left edges of elements. [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[Left]


Align right edges of elements. [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[Right]


Align top edges of elements. [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[Up]


Align bottom edges of elements. [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[Down]


Align centers of elements, horizontally or vertically.

The Make Same Sub-Menu

Use the Make Same sub-menu to make the selected elements the same width, height or both.

The Z Order Sub-Menu

Use the Z Order sub-menu to bring the selected element(s) back, forward, to the top or bottom.

The Size Sub-Menu

Use the Size sub-menu to make the selected element(s) wider, narrower, taller or shorter by one increment.

The Move Sub-Menu

Use the Move sub-menu to move the selected element(s) left, right, up or down by one increment.

The Space Evenly Sub-Menu

Use the Space sub-menu to distribute the selected elements evenly.

Menu Option



Space elements evenly, horizontally. [Alt]+[-]


Space elements evenly, vertically. [Alt]+[=]

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