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Another icon trick which might be well known ... if you go into Google Images search and type in 32x32 png (size: icon) you will get all the icons you can possibly need. You can narrow the search for specifics (stop, go, etc) Right click, copy and paste it in your icon editor.

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I just discovered by accident that if you copy a primitive VI (like add) then edit the icon of a VI and paste , you get the icon of the primitive?

You can paste just about anything into the icon editor and it'll try to bitmap it:

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Another icon trick which might be well known ... if you go into Google Images search and type in 32x32 png (size: icon) you will get all the icons you can possibly need.

That's a great tip - but remember to respect the copyright of the images you find :yes:

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Also, you might want to change color and make it clear that this is a subVI of yours and not a primitive ;)

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Wow I'm a little ashamed to say that I've always done a print screen, pasted my whole screen into Mspaint, then selected just the primative I wanted, copied and then pasted into the icon editor.

Also I believe that Flickr allows you to search for images in the public domain, or royalty free. The site is massivly slow for me at the moment so I can't check but I think that's where I saw that feature.

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Wow I'm a little ashamed to say that I've always done a print screen, pasted my whole screen into Mspaint, then selected just the primative I wanted, copied and then pasted into the icon editor.

Where's the LAVA "Me Too" button?

That's a great tip - but remember to respect the copyright of the images you find :yes:

Mel Brooks may have a few words he'd like to share with you... :P

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You can also do this with subVIs

Oh, man… The number of times I’ve double clicked on a subVI, double clicked on its icon to bring up the editor, made a copy, closed the editor, opened another VI’s editor, pasted. What a waste of time!

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Mel Brooks may have a few words he'd like to share with you...

You're not the first person to suggest we look alike...

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You can also drag and drop the icon of one vi to another vi without copy/paste. No keystrokes required... :o

(front panel to front panel)

Thanks for posting that, I didn't know I could do it from icon to icon. I knew about dragging any image file from your file explorer directly on to the icon without opening the icon editor too. I normally demo it with the sample pictures that ship with Windows and I end up with a VI with a sunset icon (XP) or a Koala (Windows 7) ;)

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Thanks for the accidental discovery Fab! You'd be amazed at how many hours all of us have collectively wasted due to this ignorance!

I did a whole lot of copy>Paint>Copy>Icon Editor just today (with primitives :)). Tomorrow should be easier now!

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I normally demo it with the sample pictures that ship with Windows and I end up with a VI with a sunset icon (XP) or a Koala (Windows 7) ;)

Here is our default image for our generic dialog. I smile every time I fail to wire a real image...

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This isn't so much of a trick as it is a manifestation of two cool features that aren't really advertised:

  1. If you copy FP / BD objects it puts a picture of them on the system clipboard and it places a copy of the objects themselves in LabVIEW's internal clipboard.
  2. You can paste from the system clipboard in the icon editor.

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Oh, man… The number of times I’ve double clicked on a subVI, double clicked on its icon to bring up the editor, made a copy, closed the editor, opened another VI’s editor, pasted. What a waste of time!

If the Icon Editor persisted the layer information to the clipboard when you copied, then it wouldn't necessarily be a waste of time, but that's never been implemented in any of the icon editor plugins that I've seen.

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If the Icon Editor persisted the layer information to the clipboard when you copied, then it wouldn't necessarily be a waste of time, but that's never been implemented in any of the icon editor plugins that I've seen.

The ability to programmably interact with layers in 2011+ would be nice too ;)

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