A number of graphics options are available for the graphical display of diagrams and views in the model package. They are available as default view settings for all diagrams and views in the model package. If you want some of these settings to be different for a specific diagram or view, then a subset of the graphics options can be set as view settings for diagrams and views individually. Any settings that are set individually will override the default settings.

A settings that has changed and no longer has its default value, has an asterisk * next to its name. Example:

On this page:

Setting the default view settings

  1. In the model browser, right-click the model package name and select Default View Settings.

  2. In the Default View Settings window, change the settings of your choice and click OK to save them.

Setting view settings for a single diagram or view

  1. In the model browser, select the diagram or view to open it. The diagram or view is now shown.

  2. On the Home ribbon tab, in Settings, click View Settings.

  3. In the View Settings window, change the settings of your choice and click OK to save them.

Available graphics options

The graphics options shown below can be set as view settings. The options below the gray row in the table can only be set as default view settings for the model package, not for individual diagrams and views.

SectionOption + Description
Filling and Line Color

Derive line color from fill color

By default, the line color of objects in a diagram or view is derived from the fill color. It means that the line color cannot be changed.

Clear the check box if you want to be able to change the line color of objects. The command in the ribbon will be available (Home tab > Markup group). Take note that the setting does not apply to node graphics (like junctions).

Line Curvature

Use line curves

By default, when drawing relations with one or more breakpoints, the breakpoints are drawn with right angles. Select this option if you prefer to use curved angles for the breakpoints. Once you change the setting, it is applied to future relations and all existing relations in the models.

Line Jumps

When drawing a relation that crosses another relation, a line jump is drawn automatically where the latest drawn relation jumps over the first drawn relation by default. If you prefer to use a different line jump strategy or no line jumps at all, select one of the other options in the list.

Depending on which relation of two crossing relations has been added first, the result of the "Upper line" or "Lower line" strategy may look identical to the "Horizontal line" or "Vertical line" strategy, and reverse. The difference will be best visible over multiple relations.

Upper line (last shown): The relation (of the two) that is added last jumps over the other relation (default setting).
Lower line (first shown): The relation (of the two) that is added first jumps over the other relation.
Horizontal line: The most horizontally positioned relation (of the two) jumps over the other relation.
Vertical line: The most vertically positioned relation (of the two) jumps over the other relation.
No jumps: Both relations just cross each other.

Snap While Dragging

Snap objects to grid

By default, objects are automatically positioned on the grid with this option activated. This makes it easier to line elements in your diagram or view, in order to make neat models. You can turn this automatic positioning off by clearing the check box. You can then manually snap objects to the grid using the Snap to grid function, see Navigation and display of diagrams and views.

Snap objects to other objects

With this setting you can align an object to another object. When the object you move comes within a certain range of the horizontal or vertical borders or center of another object, the moved object is aligned to this other object.

Grid Settings


The horizontal and vertical spacing determine the size of the grid quadrants in a diagram or view, and with that the minimum amount of space between two objects in it. The default size of a grid quadrant is 20x20. You can adjust the spacing if desired. Please take note that the spacing can have effect when performing a relation layout in ArchiMate views.

Display grid on screen

With this option you can turn on and off the visibility of the grid in diagrams and views.

Color view

Coloring of nested objects

Here you can set whether nested objects in a view should be colored when a color view is generated, and in what way (filled or only the borders).

Uncolor if not applicable

Objects that have no applicable value for a color view, are uncolored by default. Clear the check box if you want them to keep their color.

Settings for Collapsed Objects

In the case of collapsed objects of which the contents are shown, their content is shown blurred, with each deeper located collapse level increasingly more blurred.

Blur when showing contents of collapsed objects is on

Clear this option if you do not want to use blur for collapsed objects. If the use of blur is activated, you can set the amount of blur in Blur factor. Select Blur incrementally for each collapse level if the blur must take place incrementally at each next collapse level.

Restoring view settings to their default values

To restore all default view settings for a model package or all settings for a single diagram or view to their default values, do as follows:

  • As long as you have not saved the changes yet, click Cancel in the settings window.

  • If changes have already been saved, open the settings window and click Reset to defaults.

To restore a single view setting, open the settings window and change the setting back to its original value. If you see the asterisk * disappear from the setting, you know it has its original value again. Save the changes.