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Toad Data Modeler 7.2 - User Guide

Introduction User Interface Models and Model Objects
Physical Data Model
Entity Relationship Diagram Objects Basic Database Design Advanced Database Design
Universal Data Model Logical Data Model Working with Model Objects
Features and Tools
Application Variables Export/Import DDL Script Generation Graphics Model Actions Print Create New Project Reports Reverse Engineering Scripting and Customization About Templates Tips and Tricks Toad for Oracle Integration Toad Intelligence Central (TIC) Integration Tools Version Control
Options and Configuration Databases
Amazon Redshift 1.0 IBM DB2 LUW 9.5 IBM DB2 LUW 9.7 IBM DB2 LUW 10.1 IBM DB2 LUW 10.5 IBM DB2 LUW 11.1 IBM DB2 z/OS 10 IBM DB2 z/OS 11 Greenplum 4.1 Greenplum 4.2 Ingres 9.3 Ingres 10.0 EDB Postgres Advanced Server 10 Microsoft Access 2007/2010 Microsoft Azure SQL Database V12 Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Microsoft SQL Server 2016 Microsoft SQL Server 2017 Microsoft SQL Server 2019 MySQL 5.0 MySQL 5.1 MySQL 5.5 MySQL 5.6 MySQL 5.7 MySQL 8.0 Oracle 10g Oracle 11g Release 1 Oracle 11g Release 2 Oracle 12c Release 1 Oracle 12c Release 2 Oracle 18c Oracle 19c PostgreSQL 9.0 PostgreSQL 9.1 PostgreSQL 9.2 PostgreSQL 9.3 PostgreSQL 9.4 PostgreSQL 9.5 PostgreSQL 10 PostgreSQL 11 PostgreSQL 12 SQLite 3.7 Sybase ASE 15.5 Sybase ASE 15.7 SAP ASE 16.0 Sybase IQ 15.2 Sybase SQL Anywhere 11 SAP SQL Anywhere 17 Teradata 13 Vertica Database 8.0
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Move Attributes

In Toad Data Modeler there are several methods how to move attributes. You can select from the following options.

A. Drag&Drop techniques on the Workspace

Use: This way, you can move one or more attributes to another entity at one jump.


  1. Display attributes in your model.
  2. Select an entity of which attribute/attributes you want to move.
  3. Press CTRL and hold the key down. Click the attributes that you want to move.
  4. Release CTRL.
  5. Drag the selected attributes to a target entity.

B. In Entity Properties Form | Attributes tab: Drag&Drop techniques


  • In the Entity Properties form, you can move attributes within an entity and between entities. (To change order of attributes within an entity, use the green arrows.)
  • From the Entity Properties form to a Workspace, and vice versa
  • Between the Entity Properties form and Model Explorer
  • Multiple selection is possible - use SHIFT or CTRL keys


  1. Open the Customer Properties form of the Customer entity and the Employee Properties form of the Employee entity.
  2. Click the Attributes tabs in both forms.
  3. Select attributes in the Customer Properties form and drag them to the Employee Properties form | Attributes tab.

C. In Model Explorer

Use: You can move attributes:

  • Between entities in Model Explorer itself
  • From Model Explorer to an entity on the Workspace directly
  • Between Model Explorer and the Entity Properties form | Attributes tab
  • Between two Model Explorers of two different models
  • Multiple selection is possible - use SHIFT or CTRL keys

Tip: Use CTRL to select attributes of various entities in Model Explorer, and move them at one jump to another entity (of the same model or even a different model).

Example: Moving an attribute in Model Explorer.

  1. Unfold the Entities folder in Model Explorer tree.
  2. Select attributes (SHIFT or CTRL) and drag them to the Attributes or 'EntityName' folder of another entity.

Delete Attributes

  • In the Entity Properties form | Attributes tab, select the attribute and click Delete.


  • Find the attribute in Model Explorer | EntityName folder | Attributes | right-click and select Delete Item.

Parent Attributes

You can change the attribute name e. g. in the following cases:

  • When you create a self-relationship.
  • Whenever you want to change a Foreign Key attribute name.


You have just added a self-relationship to the Film entity.

  1. A copy of your identifying key attribute has been created in the entity - Film ID. Now you have two Film ID attributes in the Film entity.

  1. Edit the newly created Film ID attribute, define a new Name . The link to parent attribute is displayed on top right-hand corner of the form.

  1. Confirm OK and see the change on the Workspace.


Toad Data Modeler allows you to design Entity Relationship Diagrams of specific database platforms, convert physical model from one database platform to another, create an ER Diagram directly from your database (Reverse Engineering feature), update physical models, generate DDL/SQL scripts and Change Scripts, create Dictionary Types, Views, Triggers, Functions, generate detailed documentation to your model (in HTML, RTF, PDF, XSLT formats) and much more.

This chapter describes features and functions related to Physical Data Modeling. Look around each section to get the information you need.

Note: See the sample physical model Videorental (Oracle 10g db) that is included in the installation package of Toad Data Modeler. Default location is: C:\Program Files (x86)\Quest Software\Toad Data Modeler7.2\Samples.

Benefits of Physical Data Model

  • Detailed definition of database structure, including database specific items, for example:
    • Stored procedures
    • Functions
    • Triggers
    • Views
    • Materialized views
    • Sequences (auto increments) etc.
  • Possibility to synchronize local model with existing database.
  • Possibility to specify logical names for objects (captions for tables, attributes and other objects).
  • Detailed database specific information can be exported to HTML/RTF/PDF or XML/XHTML/CSV reports.
  • Automatic generation of SQL code for selected objects (SQL code generation is not available in Logical and Universal Model)
  • Automatic migration of PK attributes to child entities (Attributes don't migrate to child entities in Logical Model)
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