How to: Copy Class Diagram Elements to a Microsoft Office Document (Class Designer)

You can copy shapes from a .NET class diagram (.cd file) to other documents. You'll either get a copy of the shape or its underlying code based on the kind of document where you paste it. To copy shapes from UML class diagrams in a modeling project, see Export Images of Diagrams.

To copy a single element

  • Right-click the shape and choose Copy Image.

To copy several elements

  1. On the diagram surface, select the shapes you want to copy.

  2. Right-click your selection and choose Copy Image.

To copy all the elements in a class diagram

  1. Right-click the diagram surface and choose Select All. (Keyboard: Ctrl + A)

  2. On the Edit menu, select Copy Image.

    All the diagram’s shapes are placed on the Clipboard.

You can also choose Copy instead of Copy Image. Copy copies the image as a regular bitmap. Copy Image copies the image as a vector-based image, which is better for most Office applications.

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