Filtering Search Results in LabVIEW 2015

Aug 10th, 2015 by Christina in "Hidden" Features, LabVIEW

LabVIEW 2015 has a few “unpublished” features, like the hyperlink display text that I mentioned in my previous post.

These features have some rough edges but are available if you want to experiment with them and give feedback to the R&D team.

One of these “secret” features is the ability to filter search results.

If you use the Find dialog (Edit>>Find and Replace or Ctrl+F) and get more than one result, you see the Search Results window:


To filter these results, just start typing. A box appears with the filter text and the item count shows the number of items in the filtered set.


To filter the test results further, include multiple filter terms separated by spaces. Only results that include all the terms will be shown.SearchResultsFilteredAND


  • So why is the filter box hidden? Was it just because there wasn’t enough time to add documentation for it? I would think that the fact that it’s hidden significantly hurts its usability.

    Other than that, this looks cool. I occasionally want to find bundles or unbundles by name in multiple VIs and if this can also filter on that part of the text, then this could make that faster.

  • The box is ABSOLUTELY only hidden because this is an unpublished feature. We’re giving it out in this limited way to get feedback on whether or not it’s useful enough to add to the UI.

  • As Yair mentioned, I often look specifically for bundles or unbundles. Will this filter search that part of the text, or just the control name?

  • If you searched for the cluster element field name and then filtered the results for Unbundle by Name, you could do the task you’re describing. However, if you searched for Unbundle by Name objects you wouldn’t be able to filter for the desired element name because those names don’t appear in the Search results.

  • Yes, the search is for the name and the filter is then to type “bundle”, so that should work.

    I can say even without using the feature that it will be useful (even if only for one search in 10 or 20). That doesn’t mean that this is the best way to achieve the functionality needed by a search dialog, but it will certainly be a welcome addition.


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