Replace Diagram Element Model
When Is The Replace Element Model Feature Useful?
Copying elements from other projects - The Replace Element Model feature is useful when you want to copy an element from a different project and integrate it into your current one. This saves you the time and effort of recreating the same element from scratch.
Merging two entities into a single entity in a model - When working on complex projects, you might find the need to merge two similar or duplicate entities into a single one. The Replace Element Model feature can help you accomplish this task seamlessly.
1. Open the desired diagram and navigate to the diagram editor where you want to use the Replace Element Model feature.
2. Select the element in the diagram editor that you want to replace.
3. Click on the "Model" tab in the ribbon at the top of the window.
4. In the "Editing" group, locate and click on the "Replace Element Model" button.
5. A dialog box will appear, displaying a project tree with all available elements that can be used as a replacement. Choose the element you want to use for model replacement of the selected element. You can either locate the element in the project tree manually or use the search box to find and pick an element by its name.
6. Click "OK" to confirm the replacement. The selected element will be replaced with the chosen one.
Tips and Tricks
Renaming elements with the same name: If the elements you want to merge have the same name, rename one of them before using the Replace Element Model feature. This will help you avoid confusion during the replacement process. To rename an element, right-click on it in the diagram editor, select "Rename" and provide a new name.
Backup your project: Although you can always use the Undo feature, before using the Replace Element Model feature, it's always a good idea to create a backup of your project. This ensures that you can revert to the original version if you change your mind about the replacement later.
Consider dependencies: When replacing an element, make sure you review its dependencies and associations with other elements in the model. You may need to update some of these manually after the replacement to maintain the integrity of the changed model.