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(sub)VI-Icon: make "Find All Instances" also available when VI is locked (Read-only)

I always use "Find All Instances" for searching where a subvi / control is used.


When looking into code that is locked (read-only because of being under source control), this option is missing!!.

  • Now I always have to press Ctrl-M to Unlock, then press change on the next dialog
    before the "Find All Instances" becomes active
  • Or open the VI Hierarchy (could take a while on a large project)
    and here the normal right-click "Find All Instances" is not blocked!!


I don't think it should be a big problem to enable the right-click menu on a locked vi...

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Knight of NI
This also happens with subVIs when the calling VI is running and the ideaapplies for that too.

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Not having the "Find All Instances" function on locked VIs is especially anoying if you are using Perforce, with the option "treat read-only VIs as locked" on (Perforce sets the read-only bit on every VI that's not checked out).
Proven Zealot

The UI for the find results would need some reworking... we'd need to mark items in the results list that are locked to indicate that Replace won't work. The Replace All button would need to prompt for unlocking diagrams and/or some shortcut for users to only do the replace on diagrams that are already unlocked, maybe a 3rd button ("Replace All Unlocked") or some other UI element. 


The above comments are not a pro or con of this idea... just noting something else that would have to be addressed as part of this idea.


Bump, this is very annoying!


The VI icon at the top right of the block diagram view should also maintain it's right-click-find-all functionality in edit mode. That was what I originally thought this idea was about.