Show/hide diagram elements

If some shapes on a compact diagram are needed to be hidden or shown, you can do it through pop-up menu. In some cases, you need to hide away diagram elements on diagram temporarily. For example, you have to hide away annotation shapes in which internal communications are recorded before you print the diagram out for customers' review. In Agilian, hiding of diagram elements can be done per shape, per shape type or by stereotype.

Hiding selected diagram element(s)

Right click on the target shape(s) for hiding and select Selection > Hide from the pop-up menu.

Select a shape for hiding
Select a shape for hiding

Apart from the selected shape, its related shape(s) (e.g. children and relationship) will also be hidden.

The selected shape and its related shapes are hidden
The selected shape and its related shapes are hidden
NOTE: To hide a shape will also make the connectors that attached to it hidden.
NOTE: To hide a container shape (e.g. package) will also make the contained shapes hidden.

Hiding diagram elements by shape type

All the shapes with same type on the diagram can be hidden together. Right click on the diagram's background and select Diagram Content > Show/Hide > Hide by Shape Type, and then select the shape you want to be hidden from the pop-up menu. As a result, all shapes with the same type you selected will be hidden.

Hide all shapes by shape type
Hide all shapes by shape type

Hiding diagram elements by stereotype

The stereotype of all diagram elements from the diagram can be hidden. Right click on the diagram's background and select Diagram Content > Show/Hide > Hide by Stereotype, and then select one stereotype out of the list from the pop-up menu. As a result, all shapes with same stereotype you selected will be hidden.

Hide all shapes by stereotype
Hide all shapes by stereotype

Showing all hidden diagram elements

All hidden shapes from the diagram can be shown again. Right click on the diagram's background and select Diagram Content > Show/Hide > Show all Diagram Elements. As a result, the hidden shapes will be shown on the diagram.

Managing show/Hide of specific diagram element(s)

A better management of showing and hiding the shapes can be done through Show Hide Diagram Elements dialog box.

  1. Right click on the diagram's background, select Diagram Content > Show/Hide > Show/Hide Diagram Elements... from the pop-up menu.
    Select Show/Hide Diagram Elements... from the pop-up menu
    Select Show/Hide Diagram Elements... from the pop-up menu
  2. When Show Hide Diagram Elements dialog box is unfolded, you may select the shape(s) you would like to be hidden or to be shown. Click the diagram element you would like to move to Hide list and press Hide Selected button; on the other hand, click the diagram element you would like to remove it back to Show list and press Show Selected button. For moving all diagram elements to Hide list, press Hide All button; press Show All button, vice verse. Finally, click OK to confirm.
    Select a diagram element to be moved to Hide list
    Select a diagram element to be moved to Hide list
    NOTE: If a shape is selected from Show list to Hide list, the related shape(s) of the selected shape will be also removed to Hide list.

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