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Plugin to Edit Cluster Order


Plugin to Edit Cluster Order

Hi all, sometimes when working with large clusters I want to re-order the elements. If it is farther down in the order that requires clicking on each previous element one by one. Some would say I should avoid these large clusters to begin with, but I am not here to argue that point, I just want to share a plugin which allows you to drag and drop the cluster elements around, similar to re-ordering a case structure. 




If you'd like to try it and give feedback, unzip the attached folder and copy the VI and subVI folder to your <LabVIEW 20XX>\resource\dialog\QuickDrop\plugins folder and you can launch it from quickdrop. The default is ctrl+O for Cluster Order. Please try it out on test files or copies of files first, because I'm sure there are many use cases I have not explored yet and there will be unforeseen consequences.


The utility was made with LV 2016. It should launch if you select the cluster and press ctrl+space ctrl+O from a .vi or .ctl file. However, if you select a cluster which is not typedef'd and part of a larger typedef'd cluster, it will not work. 

CLA | LabVIEW 2014 / 2016 | BALUG
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Re: Plugin to Edit Cluster Order

Hey Greg,

Useful plugin in my opinion.

You should post it here:


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I should have mentioned, this will set autosizing to "arrange vertically" for any cluster you edit because that is my personal preference.

CLA | LabVIEW 2014 / 2016 | BALUG
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Pretty cool, but figured it was worth mentioning that you don't *necessarily* need to click through all earlier elements one-by-one.  For fairly simple reorderings, you can just type the appropriate starting field # in the box and click the element that you want to have that field #.


For example, let's suppose you have a cluster of 25 elements and realize you need to add another element.  So you put it in the cluster where it becomes the 26th element (index #25).   However, you'd like to organize it with other similar items by ordering it to be element index #19.

   In the standard cluster "Reorder ..." dialog, you don't have to click on elements 0 to 18 in order before assigning your new element as #19.  You can just type "19" in the box and click the new element to assign it directly.  Immediately, all elements previously #'ed 19-24 increment by 1 to occupy positions 20-25.  And that's all.  You're done.


Your drag-and-place is niftier, but there are some simple & common cases that the existing dialog handles pretty well.   Just an FYI for future readers.



-Kevin P

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It's an FYI to me too! Thank you for this tip, I wish I had known it earlier!

CLA | LabVIEW 2014 / 2016 | BALUG
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