Cannot Move or Delete Items on LabVIEW Front Panel

Updated Aug 28, 2023

Reported In


  • LabVIEW Full
  • LabVIEW Base
  • LabVIEW Professional

Issue Details

I have an item on my VI's Front Panel which I cannot move or delete. When I select the object, it has a solid border instead of the normal dotted line. How can I regain the ability to move or delete this item?


The solid line indicates that the Front Panel object is locked. When any item is locked, it cannot be moved or deleted and no properties of the object can be modified. Additionally, the object will be not be selected by clicking on it and will require a click and drag selection. 

To rectify this, select the object such that it is highlighted and then click on the Reorder button on the LabVIEW toolbar. From the drop-down menu, select Unlock.