There are many ways to replace items in a VI; however, Paste-Replace gives you more control than the often unpredictable Replace function alone.
In most cases, LabVIEW will attempt to preserve the label, caption, value and dataflow direction (control/indicator). It may also try to preserve other things, such as the numeric representation, size or color. It’s hard to say what will be preserved without actually doing the replace. Luckily, you can Undo if a right-click replace operation fails you. But what next?
Paste-Replace is a method of replacing a control without preserving any of its appearance attributes. It will, however, preserve things like connector pane placement, wire connection and associated block diagram elements (such as local variables and implicitly-linked Property/Method nodes).
If you’ve been struggling with the unpredictable nature of Front Panel Replace, this post from the Eyes on VIs blog walks users through a satisfying alternative.
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