About UML models

The Microsoft Office Visio UML Model Diagram template provides full support for creating object-oriented models of complex software systems.

Use case diagrams

In the early stages of a development project, use use case diagrams to describe real-world activities and motivations. You can refine the diagrams in later stages to reflect user interface and design details.

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Static structure diagrams

Use static structure diagrams to create conceptual diagrams that represent concepts from the real world and the relationships between them, or class diagrams that decompose a software system into its parts.

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Package diagrams

Use package diagrams to group related elements in a system. One package can contain subordinate packages, diagrams, or single elements.

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Activity diagrams

Use an activity diagram to describe the internal behavior of a method and represent a flow driven by internally generated actions.

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Statechart diagrams

Use a statechart diagram to show the sequence of states an object goes through during its life.

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Sequence diagrams

Use a sequence diagram to show the actors or objects participating in an interaction and the events they generate arranged in a time sequence.

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Collaboration diagram

Use a collaboration diagram to show relationships among object roles such as the set of messages exchanged among the objects to achieve an operation or result.

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Component diagrams

Use a component diagram to partition a system into cohesive components and show the structure of the code itself.

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Deployment diagrams

Use a deployment diagram to show the structure of the run-time system and communicate how the hardware and software elements that make up an application will be configured and deployed.

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