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Make the context help dynamically update with quickdrop

Currently, when you use context help and hover over a VI it shows terminals and a little snippet of what it does. I use this a lot. When using quick drop though, the context help doesnt dynamically change to each item selected or hovered over with the mouse. Its like this currently



I would like to see it so that when I hover over an item in the quick drop, the help page updates so I can read it without having to drop it onto my back panel, read, then delete and try again. Like this



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That would be useful.

Proven Zealot

I'll add my kudos. Implementing this would require exposing an API for controlling the CH window's content from G. I wish we had that for a lot of other projects. So even though I doubt I would use this much (I tend to use QD for things I already know about and palette search when I don't, but that's just me), I'd like the side benefits.

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This is a duplicate of an old idea of mine. 


Darren provided a glimmer of hope for the future API Aristos mentions in the discussion linked there.  Given that it's been a decade, I assume the glimmer had been extinguished.

Tim Elsey
Certified LabVIEW Architect
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Status changed to: Duplicate
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elset191 wrote:

 Given that it's been a decade, I assume the glimmer had been extinguished.

Glimmer re-ignited! I have moved the original idea to 'In Development'. I think I have a good way to implement this in a future LabVIEW release.

DNatt, NI
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> I think I have a good way to implement this in a future LabVIEW release.


With only G changes??? I'm intrigued. The C++ team is booked! 😉

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AristosQueue wrote:

With only G changes??? I'm intrigued.

Yeah, check out this method I found. It appears to work the way we need. It's not even private!


DNatt, NI
Proven Zealot

Looks like my encyclopedic knowledge of LabVIEW needs an update.

Proven Zealot

I don't think I've got a way to update the Context Help with info about project items that are displayed in Quick Drop, but I figure showing palette item info is better than nothing.

DNatt, NI

Hi team,


I still think this is a good idea and hope it gets implemented.


Thank you!