Main toolbar

Main Toolbar

In the main toolbar you can find all of the tools you may need to edit your database model.

Model Menu

The first thing on the Main Toolbar is the Model Menu. Click on the your model's name, and you'll get a handy menu, which lets you:

  • Set a tag for the current version in the version history. Read an article about Version Control, to find out more.
  • Publish your model on the web and embed it on your page.
  • Export your model to image, PDF or XML.
  • Import a model from XML or SQL (you may add some elements or overwrite the model completely).
    You may also import your XML or SQL file to a separate file – to do this, follow our Importing guide. Then, you'll be able to copy elements from one model to another (using classic keyboard shortcuts or buttons we write about later in this text.)
  • Or quickly switch to another model.

File tools

File Tools

  • Save changes (Ctrl+S) – saves changes in the model you are currently editing. Keep in mind that Vertabelo saves your database model automatically every few seconds and always when you close the diagram, so you don't have to worry about losing your progress. When an autosave is happening, the save icon turns green.
  • Share this model with your team – you can invite your team's members to share your model with them. There are 3 types of sharing – Owner, Editor and Viewer.
  • Export model as PNG image – generates a PNG image version of your model.
  • Export for printing (PDF) – generates a PDF version of your model, so you can print it.
  • Generate SQL file.
  • Generate model documentation.

Generate SQL script

To generate an SQL script, you first have to choose whether you want to generate a Create or Drop script and identify which elements should be included in it. Then click Generate.

Generate SQL Script

The file has now been generated and can be downloaded.

Download SQL Script

Export model as XML file

In the menu, click Export » Export to XML, and an XML version of your model will be automatically downloaded to your device.

Generate Model Documentation

You can automatically generate documentation for your current model. First, choose a format for the documentation file: PDF, HTML or DOCX. Then click Generate.

Generate model documentation – Generate button

Once the documentation has been generated, a new button, Download, will appear:

Generate model documentation – Download button

Click on the Download button and your documentation will be downloaded to your computer in the format you've specified.

Diagram tools

Diagram Tools

  • Copy (Ctrl+C) – copies selected elements.
  • Paste (Ctrl+V) – pastes previously copied elements.
  • Paste as shortcut – pastes previously copied elements as a shortcut.
  • Cut (Ctrl+X) – cuts selected elements.
  • Delete (Del) – deletes selected elements.
  • Undo (Ctrl+Z) – undoes last action.
  • Redo (Ctrl+Y) – redoes last action.

Position tools

Manage Tools

Size

Size
The size of every table or view you create in your model may be adjusted to fit the text that it contains using Adjust to text. If you select two or more elements, you can set them all to have the same width, using Same width, or the same height, using Same height.

Align

Align
Any group of tables or views in your model can be aligned in one of the ways shown above by clicking the appropriate button.

Distribution

Distribution
If you have a group of three or more tables or views in your model, you can arrange them more neatly using the Distribution option which will evenly distribute the space between the elements based on your chosen criterion or orientation.

Order

Order
You can change the visible order of overlapping subject areas in your model using the Order option.

References

References
  • Show all references – restores all previously defined references for shortcuts.
  • Add reference point – adds a right angle to the reference's line.
  • Reduce reference point – reduces the number of right angles in a reference's line by one.
  • Swap reference orientation – reattaches a reference's line to another side of a table.

Zoom tools

Zoom Tools

  • Zoom out. You may also do it by pressing a - key.
  • 1:1 – sets the diagram to its original size.
  • Zoom in. You may also do it by pressing a = key.
  • Scale – shows you the current scale of the diagram and lets you to change it.

Organize your workspace

Hide main menu

You may do it by clicking on this button:

Hide Main Menu

Show or hide panels

You may show or hide left and/or right panel by clicking: Organize Tools

Adjust panels

You may adjust widths of the side panels by dragging this element:

Adjust Panels