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Find Enum Item from String Input


This VI demonstrates how to convert the string into the appropriate enum value.



You would need to turn this into a subVI, then take the subVI output and use that as the case structure input. There is  a neater way: you can bundle it into a cluster, and then unbundle from your type defined enum placed inside a cluster shell.



  • LabVIEW 2012(or compatible)


Steps to Implement or Execute Code

  1. Set the Combo Box.
  2. Run the VI.


Additional Information or References

VI Snippet



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Joel G
Applications Engineer
National Instruments UK & Ireland
NI Employee

Hey Joel.

This will work too using the "Scan From String" function, but if your text doesn't match any of the entries in the enum, you will get an error 85 message.



Robert Ward
Applications Engineer, NI
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I am also a fan of just using the Scan From String.  It does everything your code does, but faster and a whole lot smaller.

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Active Participant Olivier_L
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This trick with Scan from string is exactly what I needed!!

Actually, I used it from enum to string, but didn't know how to use it from string to enum.

The fact is that when you use an executable (particularly in RT), you can't access to "Strings[]" property because UI is removed, so property nodes don't work anymore. This trick will save my life ^^

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Active Participant Todd_Lesher
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One caveat: if the enum contains "One", Two", "Three", and the string scanned from is "Oneasdf", scan from string will return the enum value "One".

Member David_Grucza

For Reference: You can simply cast an Integer to an Enumeration. I'd include a snippet, but it doesn't seem to want to upload.