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Show hidden controls as "ghosts" in edit mode

Status: New

I occasionally hide controls on my FP and control their visibility programmatically during the execution of my program. The problem is that if I edit my UI and the control is hidden, it's very easy not to be aware that it's there and to accidentally overlap it, hide it or even move it off the screen.


To solve this, I usually try to save the VIs with all the controls visible, but that's not always feasible.

A better solution - LabVIEW should always show hidden controls in edit mode. It should just have some way of differentiating them from visible controls. This mockup shows them as ghosts, but it can also be any other solution:




In run mode, of course, the control would not be shown. This is similar to the black border you get when objects overlap a tab control.

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Hi Darren,


Will this idea see the light in LV2020?!


It has been full four years (leap year to leap year, Rio to Tokyo) since you changed it to development!


If you could share with us the details & difficulties encountered in implementing the same, it'd be a great insight to learn about "big feature implementation", which we call as an Epic in Agile methodology. Would you?!

- Partha ( CLD until Oct 2021 🙂 )
Proven Zealot

This won't be in LV 2020. I don't exactly remember the circumstances that caused us to move the idea to 'In Development', but to my knowledge there's nothing currently in motion for this idea. I'm going to move it back to 'New' so it can get back on our radar for LV 2021 or a future release. Thanks for bringing this to my attention.

DNatt, NI
Proven Zealot
Status changed to: New
DNatt, NI
Proven Zealot

It got approved for LV2020. Then we had a company-wide reorganization, and after the musical chairs, this feature was left unstaffed. Darren and I will ask again for LV2021 (we are part of the team that raises items from the Idea Exchange for consideration), but it'll be back competing against the other priorities raised by Sales and internal R&D and Systems Engineering. Just because it was top-of-heap last time doesn't bear on whether it is top-of-heap this time.