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By using the Navigator you may gain insight within the models structure by navigating over the objects' relations (or a set of objects) to the related objects. These related objects may be the starting point for further navigation.

By using the Navigator you can explore the relations within your model by navigating over the relations within the model from one object to the other. These relations are shown with the corresponding icon as used in the model browser.

If the Navigator is not visible, you can make it visible by selecting the Navigator check box in the Tool Pane group on the Window ribbon tab.

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Using the Navigator

To fill the Navigator with data, select an object in the open diagram or view, and then click the Navigator control attached to the object.

Navigator with ArchiMate® objects

In the figure above you can see that the ArchiMate business process Register is triggered by the business event Damage occurred and that it realizes the Customer data mutation Service and the Insurance Application Service. The business process Register accesses the business objects Customer File and Damage Claim.

With the Show general relation roles check box you can indicate whether relations must be decomposed into subcategories or not. If not selected, for example, triggering relations will not be shown in one category, but in several subcategories such as triggering a business process, triggering a business function, and so on. You can expand these navigation categories individually. If the check box is selected, relations of the same type (and the related objects as well) will be shown as one navigation category.

Show general relation roles on (left) and off (right)

By selecting the Show profiles and attributes check box you indicate that object profile properties also must be shown.

Show profiles and attributes on (left) and off (right)

Single-click versus double-clicking for opening diagrams and views

By default, opening a diagram or view in the navigator requires a single click. If you prefer this to be a double-click, then activate Double-click in model browser to open diagram in the Enterprise Studio general options.

Generating a color view or label view

It is possible to directly generate a color view or label view on element type directly via the navigator. To do this, right-click an element and then select Color view or Label view. Make sure that the view the respective element is in, is open.

Example of a color view generated on the application process element

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