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Name: Find Text

Submitter: John Lokanis

Submitted: 17 Jul 2009

Category: User Interface

LabVIEW Version: 8.6

Version: 1.0.0

License Type: Creative Commons Attribution 3.0

Make this available on the VI Package Network?: Yes

Find Text v1.0.0

Copyright © 2009, John Lokanis

All rights reserved.

Author: John Lokanis

LAVA Name: jlokanis

Contact Info: Contact via PM on www.lavag.org

LabVIEW Versions:

Created and tested with LabVIEW 8.6.1




This project contains the Find Text.vi and supporting subvis.

The Find Text.vi displays a dialog allowing the user to search a text display for a specified string.

A reference to the string control must be passed in.

When the string is found, the calling VI will become front-most so the string can be highlighted.

If the string is not found, an error message is displayed.

Searching starts from the cursor location in the text control.

You can change the search direction using the radial buttons.

The VI will remember previous search strings inside the combo box where you enter the text to find.

If you pass in a caller reference, this will be used to center the dialog. Otherwise, the VI will attempt to find it's caller in the call chain and center on that. If you call this VI dynamically, it will center itself on the primary monitor if the caller reference is not passed in.


Open the 'Example - Find Text.vi' and run it. Select the Find menu function or press Crtl-F to open the Find Text dialog.

Known Issues:




Change Log:

v1.0.0: Initial release of the code.


Distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/about/licenses)

See link for a full description of the license.


If you have any problems with this code or want to suggest features:

please go to www.lavag.org and Navigate to

LAVA > Resources > Code Repository (Certified) and

search for the "[CR]NI Web Service Server" support page.


This code was downloaded from the LAVA Code Repository found at www.lavag.org

Click here to download this file

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Submission Approved 7-27-09.

Moved to User Interface group.

Thanks John Great submission.

I look forward to your NI Week presentation


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Maybe next year. I am only presenting at the local users group now. But, I have some ideas for a few presentations at NI Week 2010 so we will see if any get selected.

BTW: noticed that I spelled 'radio buttons' as 'radial buttons' in the description above. I guess technically since they are circular, they are 'radial' in appearance... :rolleyes:

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