Use Indicator in Multiple Tabs but Only Once in the Block Diagram

Updated Aug 22, 2023

Reported In


  • LabVIEW

Issue Details

When using Numeric Indicator (or something else) In Tab Control, I want to create only one indicator in one tab control and use it into next tab without create a new one on Block Diagram.


There is not a programmatic way to be able to populate, for example, a numeric indicator in multiple tabs without having multiple indicators in the block diagram.

To do this visually, you will need to "float" the Numeric Indicator, in this case, over the Tab Control. When doing this, the developer will see a shadow under the function indicating that it isn't inside the tab control. When the program runs, the end user will not see this shadow; visually, it looks like the function is populated on every tab.

Steps to do this:
  1. Create a Tab Control and Numeric Indicator
  1. Drag the Numeric Indicator halfway into the Tab Control (you will start to see the shadow)
    • If you go too far, the Numeric Indicator's shadows will disappear and it will be embedded into the Tab Control
  1. Use the arrow keys to move the Indicator to the position you would like
  1. The function will now stay in that position in every single tab for the end user and the shadow will not be visible when it runs