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Properties of Elements in UML Sequence Diagrams

In a UML sequence diagram in Visual Studio Ultimate, each element on the diagram has properties. To see the properties of an element, right-click the element on the diagram or in UML Model Explorer and then click Properties. The properties appear in the Properties window.

Note Note

This topic is about the properties of elements in UML sequence diagrams. For more information about how to read UML sequence diagrams, see UML Sequence Diagrams: Reference. For more information about how to draw UML sequence diagrams, see UML Sequence Diagrams: Guidelines.






A default name


Identifies the element.

Qualified Name

Package :: Name


Identifies the element uniquely. Prefixed with the qualified name of the package that contains it.

Work Items

0 associated


The number of work items associated with this element. To associate work items, see Link Model Elements and Work Items.




You can make general notes about the item here.


(default for element type)

Lifeline, Message

The color of the shape. This is a property of the shape, rather than the element it displays.




The type of the instance that the lifeline represents.

If there is a reference symbol displayed in the header of the lifeline, then this class or interface exists separately in UML Model Explorer, and can be displayed on a class diagram.




Indicates whether the lifeline represents a user, device or software component that is external to the component that the diagram is about.


Complete - a message that has both sender and receiver.

Found - a message that has an unspecified sender.

Lost - a message that has an unspecified receiver.


Indicates which ends of a message are attached to a lifeline.

You cannot change this property. It is set when you create the message.


AsynchCall - an asynchronous message.

SynchCall - a synchronous message.

Reply - the return part of a synchronous message.

CreateMessage - an instance creation message.


The type of message. You cannot change this property. It is determined by the tool that you use to create the message.




A method called by the message in the receiving lifeline.

Visible only if the receiving lifeline is linked to an interface or a class.

Refers to

A sequence diagram

Interaction Use

The sequence diagram called by this interaction use.

Interaction Operator

Set when you used the Surround With command

Combined Fragment

The operator represented by this fragment or collection of fragments.



Interaction Operand in a Combined Fragment

The sequence in the fragment will not occur unless the guard is true.

To select the top fragment of any combined fragment, click underneath the fragment title.

Min, Max

(no restriction)

Loop Combined Fragment

The minimum and maximum number of times the loop is executed.



Consider and

Ignore Combined Fragments

The messages that are considered or ignored in this fragment.

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