7.x Documentation

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Properties (Dialog box)

The Properties window is used to display the property groups and properties of an object or diagram, but is also available (in reduced form) for design elements, users, etc.

The dialog box can be displayed in the following ways:

  • Highlight an item with the left mouse button and open the context menu by right-clicking. There “Properties” is available.

  • Double-click with the left mouse button on the desired item.

  • Use the buttons Alt + Enter.

  • Highlight the desired item and click the button “properties” in the toolbar.


Structure of the Dialog Box

The Properties dialog box contains by default 6 tabs; optionally tags can be displayed as a 7th tab.


General Section

This tab shows properties and their values or expressions.

If a property is displayed in black color, it can be changed. If it appears in grey, it cannot be changed. If a property is displayed in blue color, it is a mandatory field that must be filled.

Property values or expressions, can - depending on the property types set for each property - be entered or selected in the left column on the Properties window. If you want to enter a multi-line property value and need a line break, click Ctrl + Enter. The edited property by the user is checked with a green as long as the property window is open.

Clicking the OK button or double-clicking the Enter button saves the changes made in the database. The Cancel button or double-clicking on ESC closes the properties window and discards any changes.

When you delete the value of a property, you can either delete it only in the current language or in all languages. This selection is possible in a separate dialog that appears when you confirm the changes by pressing OK after deleting.


When you delete a value only in the current language (and when an equivalent value exists in the default language), this value is replaced with the default language value, despite deletion.

At the bottom of this section, there is a display field for the descriptions of the properties stored (optional) in the Database Designer. See: System Properties

Shape-specific Section

Shows the Shape-Specific Properties of an object and provides the ability to change them. Shape-specific properties are displayed in this section depending on their appearance on diagrams.

Displays the links to objects and provides the ability to manage these links.

Displays the link of an object to a diagram and provides the ability to manage these links.

See: Linking Objects with Diagrams


The History tab facilitates the version management: here you can see Version Differences for objects and diagrams.


Displays the file links of an object or diagram and provides the ability to manage these links.

See: Linking Objects with Files

Tags (Optional)

Shows the tags of the selected object, but does not allow to edit tags. Changes are made in the properties window via the properties tab.


In this tab, permissions can be set for all elements of the database. Granting permissions is is only available for user-created elements; it is not permitted to change the permissions for system classes, system property groups and properties and this is the reason why this tab does not exist in the properties window.

A prerequisite for editing the permissions is that the current user has administration rights for the item in question, or design rights for the editing of design elements.

Multiple Instances of Property Windows

In some cases (e.g. Manual Object Links ), it is possible to open multiple instances of property windows. In this special case, you should note the following:

Changes made in a subsequently opened properties window will only be accepted when you confirm with "OK" in the originally opened properties window. If the originally opened properties window is closed with "Cancel", all changes made in subsequent windows are reset.