Thursday, March 22, 2012

PowerDesigner 16 PDM Display Preferences - Table - Columns

PowerDesigner Enterprise Architect
Version EBF5
OS: Windows 7 Professional 

Issue:  Changing of Table display preferences for selected items only does not work after first use.

  1. Open PDM and diagram.
  2. Select one table
  3. Select Tools=>Display Preference
  4. Select Table in "Display Preferences" Category
  5. Change Columns setting.  Say Columns was not checked by default, but for specific table(s) you want to display all the columns.
  6. Click OK
  7. "Changing Formats" dialog should have "Selected symbols" already selected.
  8. Click OK
  9. Select another table in diagram
  10. Select Tools=>Display Preferences
  11. Select Table in "Display Preferences" Category
  12. Settings in "Table" section should be same
  13. Click OK
  14. No "Changing Formats" dialog window is displayed and tables are not changed.
Work Around: 
  1. Change the Table settings to anything else, apply them, and then change the Table settings back to what you want.
  2. Right click table with desired display settings, select "Get Format".
    Right click target table and select "Apply Format"
    CAUTION: The entire set of format and display options will be applied to target table, so if fill color, shadow, line style, etc. are different in target table, they will be changed, too.
Sybase Inc. - Case-Express bug opened:
Case Id: 11727786 - PDM Display Preferences - Table - Columns not reusable


  1. please , how can i do it with VB script on powerdesign ?

    I need to add exttented attribute in disply preferences diagrame ussing Vb script ?

    1. I don't have an answer for you but you can research the PD help files and contact them using the link for guidance in finding answers in the help file maze. They are very good at that.