Message Start Event Element

Add, copy, delete, change the color, align, and configure Message Start Event elements in your Process model.

Don't Know What a Message Start Event Element Is?

See Process Modeling Element Descriptions for a description of the Message Start Event element.

Permissions Required

Your user account or group membership must have the following permissions to configure a Message Start Event element in the Process model unless your user account has the Make this user a Super Admin setting selected:

  • Processes: Edit Processes

  • Processes: View Processes

See the Process permissions or ask your Administrator for assistance.

Add a Message Start Event Element

Add a Message Start Event element from one of the following locations in Process Modeler:

  • Explorer panel: The Explorer panel is to the left of the Process Modeler canvas. The Explorer panel contains Process model objects and PM Blocks which may be added to the Process model.

  • Objects bar: The Objects bar is at the bottom of the Process Modeler canvas. This bar contains pinned Process model objects which are easily accessible to add to the Process model.

Follow these steps to add a Message Start Event element from the Explorer panel to the Process model:

  1. Locate the Start Event object category from one of the following locations in the Explorer panel:

    • Pinned Objects: The Start Event object category displays from the Pinned Objects section when it is pinned. This element type is pinned by default.

    • Object Category: The Start Event object category displays from the Object Category section when it is not pinned.

  2. Its icon displays adjacent to the mouse icon to indicate this element type may be placed into the Process model.

  3. Click the location in the Process model to place this element. If a Pool element is in your Process model, the Start Timer Event element cannot be placed outside of the Pool element.

After the element is placed into the Process model, you may adjust its location in the following ways:

Moving a Message Start Event element has the following limitations in regards to the following Process model elements:

  • Pool element: If the Message Start Event element is inside of a Pool element, it cannot be moved outside of the Pool element. If you attempt to do so, Process Modeler places the Message Start Event element inside the Pool element closest to where you attempt to move it.

  • Lane element: If the Message Start Event element is inside of a Lane element, it can be moved to another Lane element in the same Pool element. However, the Message Start Event element cannot be moved outside of the Pool element.

Replace a Message Start Event Element with a Different Starting Request Event Element

After a Message Start Event element is added to a Process model, you may replace it with a different starting Request event element:

The selected Message Start Event element is replaced by the default settings and color of the replacing element.

Follow these steps to replace a Message Start Event element with a different Start-type event element:

  1. Select the Message Start Event element to change to another Start-type event element. Available options display above the selected element.

  2. Click Confirm. The new element replaces the Message Start Event element with its default settings and color.

Change a Message Start Event Element's Color

See Change a Process Model Object's Color.

Copy a Message Start Event Element

See Copy Elements and Connectors into the Clipboard.

Clone a Message Start Event Element

See Clone Elements and Connectors Without the Clipboard.

Delete a Message Start Event Element

See Delete Elements and Connectors.

Settings

The Message Start Event element has the following panels that contain settings:

Configuration Panel Settings

Edit the Element Name

An element name is a human-readable reference for a Process element. Process Modeler automatically assigns the name of a Process element with its element type. However, an element's name can be changed.

Follow these steps to edit the name for a Message Start Event element:

  1. Select the Message Start Event element from the Process model in which to edit its name.

  2. In the Name setting, edit the selected element's name and then press Enter.

Select the Element from Which to Listen for a Message

An Message Start Event element starts a Request when that element receives a message from either an Intermediate Message Throw Event element or a Message End Event element (but not both) located in a different Pool element than the Message Start Event element receiving the message. After the Message Start Event element receives its message, that element triggers. Select from which element to listen for a message based on the Intermediate Message Throw Event or Message End Event element's Message Name setting value.

Follow these steps to select from which element to listen for a message to trigger the Message Start Event element:

  1. Select the Message Start Event element from the Process model in which to select the Process model element from which to listen for a message.

  2. Ensure that the Configuration panel displays. If not, show it. Panels to configure this element display.

  3. From the Listen For Message drop-down menu, select from which element to listen for a message based on its Message Name setting value.

Documentation Panel Settings

Edit the Element's Description Displayed in Process Documentation

If the Documentation package is installed, describe the element's purpose and how it functions in the Process. This description does not affect Requests for the Process, but may be useful for Process model maintenance such as how the element is configured. Edit information by using the What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get (WYSIWYG) rich text editor.

A Process's entered documentation displays by selecting the View Documentation icon for that Process.

Package Required

The Documentation package must be installed to view or edit the documentation for a Process element. Use the Documentation package to view documentation for Processes that includes an image of the Process map and entered description of its elements and connectors.

Follow these steps to edit the description for an element:

  1. Select the element from the Process model in which to edit its description.

  2. Ensure that the Configuration panel displays. If not, show it. Panels to configure this element display.

  3. Follow these guidelines to use the WYSIWYG rich text editor to stylize your text:

      1. Select the required text from the Rich Text control.

      2. In the URL setting, enter the destination URL.

      3. In the Text to display setting, edit or enter the text displayed in the Rich Text control.

      4. In the Title setting, enter the text to display when a user hovers over the displayed text.

      5. From Open link in… drop-down menu, select one of these options:

        • New window: Select this option to open the destination page in a new browser window.

        • Current window: Select this option to open the destination page in the current browser window.

      1. In the Source setting, enter a URL for the image.

      2. In the Alternative Description setting, enter the text to display if the source URL of the image is not accessible.

      3. In the Width setting, enter the maximum width for the image.

      4. In the Height setting, enter the maximum height for the image.

      5. Click Save.

    • Format text: Follow these guidelines to format text:

      • Headings: From the Paragraph/Formats menu, select Headings and then select a heading size.

      • Bold: Do one of the following:

        • From the Paragraph/Formats menu, select Inline and then Bold.

      • Italics: Do one of the following:

        • From the Paragraph/Formats menu, select Inline and then Italic.

      • Underline: From the Paragraph/Formats menu, select Inline and then Underline.

      • Strikethrough: From the Paragraph/Formats menu, select Inline and then Strikethrough.

      • Superscript: From the Paragraph/ Formats menu, select Inline and then Superscript.

      • Subscript: From the Paragraph/Formats menu, select Inline and then Subscript.

      • Code: From the Paragraph/Formats menu, select Inline and then Code.

      • Paragraph: From the Paragraph/Formats menu, select Blocks and then Paragraph.

      • Blockquote: From the Paragraph/Formats menu, select Blocks and then Blockquote.

      • Division: From the Paragraph/Formats menu, select Blocks and then Div.

      • Preformatted: From the Paragraph/Formats menu, select Blocks and then Pre.

        • Select one of the color swatches from the color palette. The selected text changes to that color.

      • Align text: Follow these guidelines to align text:

        • Left align: Do one of the following:

          • From the Paragraph/Formats menu, select Align and then Left.

        • Center align: Do one of the following:

          • From the Paragraph/Formats menu, select Align and then Center.

        • Right align: Do one of the following:

          • From the Paragraph/Formats menu, select Align and then Right.

        • Justify: Do one of the following:

          • From the Paragraph/Formats menu, select Align and then Justify.

Advanced Panel Settings

Edit the Node's Identifier Value

Process Modeler automatically assigns a unique value to each Process node added to a Process model. However, a node's identifier value can be changed if it is unique to all other nodes in the Process model, including the Process model's identifier value.

All identifier values for all nodes in the Process model must be unique.

Follow these steps to edit the identifier value for a Message Start Event element:

  1. Select the Message Start Event element from the Process model in which to edit its identifier value.

  2. Ensure that the Configuration panel displays. If not, show it. Panels to configure this element display.

  3. In the Node Identifier setting, edit the Message Start Event element's identifier to a unique value from all nodes in the Process model and then press Enter.

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