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Views provide alternative presentations as well as ways to navigate the information in ER/Studio BA.

Views have their own menus. To open the menu for a view, click the icon at the left end of the view's title bar. Some views also have their own toolbars. The actions represented by buttons on view toolbars only affect the items within that view.

ER/Studio BA offers six main views in the application. Each view can be opened, and moved and docked in a different location. And each view has a set of icons in the toolbar that makes it easy to manipulate the view.

The table below lists the five views:

Topic Description

The Diagram View

The Diagram View, located to the right of the Model View tree, is where you can place the graphical representations of the Business Process Modeling Notational and Conceptual elements as well as elements from the other palettes.

The Model View

The Model View tree displays the hierarchy of workspaces, projects, models, diagrams, and elements. It also displays the hierarchy of reference elements. Workspaces, projects, models, diagrams, and elements can be created, organized, and viewed.

The Palette View

The Palette View contains the business process elements, conceptual elements, reference objects, external data objects, and drawing shapes elements used to create business process modeling diagrams in the Diagram View.

Error Logging View

The Logging Views include the Error Logging view. This view tracks errors generated by ER/Studio BA.

Help View

The Help View displays dynamically generated help topics.

Overview Window

The Overview window is a scalable window displaying any diagram in its entirety.

Search Results

Shows the results of a Search of the metadata for a workspace.

Opening a View Window

1 On the Window menu, select Show View.
2 From the pull-right menu, select the view you want to open.

Moving and Docking Views

You can change the location of a view:

1 Drag the view by its title bar to the desired location. But do not release the left mouse button yet.
As you move the view around the Workbench, the mouse pointer changes to one of the drop cursors. The drop cursor indicates where the view will be docked if you release the left mouse button.
Note: The drop cursor changes as you drag the view over the left, right, top, or bottom border of another view or editor.
2 When the view is in the location that you want, release the left mouse button to dock the view.
Note: A group of stacked views can be dragged using the empty space to the right of the view tabs.

You can also move a view by using the pop-up menu for the view. (Left-click the icon at the left end of the view's title bar, or right-click anywhere else in the view's title bar).

Using Drop Cursors

The table below shows the different drop cursors and where the view will be moved to:

Drop Cursor Where the view is moved to:


The view is docked above the view underneath the cursor.


The view is docked below the view underneath the cursor.


The view is docked to the right of the view underneath the cursor.


The view is docked to the left of the view underneath the cursor.


The view is docked as a Tab in the same pane as the view underneath the cursor.


This area is restricted and you cannot dock a view here.

Using the Views Toolbar

Each View window has a set of icons that allow you customize the view windows. You can use a drop-down menu to gain access to view tools, and you can minimize or maximize each view window.

Toolbar Icon Element Description



Displays a drop-down menu containing all the toolbar icons for the selected window.



This command hides the view and only the icon and tab representing the view are displayed in the application window. Click once in the tab to restore the view to its original size and location.



The view is expanded to fill the entire application window.



Once you have maximized a view window, the Restore icon appears in the upper right corner of the window. Click this icon to restore the maximized window to its original size.