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.
I should have mentioned, this will set autosizing to "arrange vertically" for any cluster you edit because that is my personal preference.
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.
It's an FYI to me too! Thank you for this tip, I wish I had known it earlier!