Create a Custom Quick Drop VI in LabVIEW

Updated Dec 2, 2023



  • LabVIEW

In LabVIEW 8.6 version or later, the QuickDrop function is used to find the item in the Front Panel and Block Diagram rapidly without searching on the Functions Palette, Controls Palette, or Global search. 

By using a plugin template that is shipped with LabVIEW, you can create a custom Quick Drop VI. 

  1. Open the following VI template: C:\<Program Files>\National Instruments\<LabVIEW 20xx>\resource\dialog\QuickDrop\QuickDrop Plugin Template.vit

  2. Check the block diagram for directions on how to use this VI template and make your edits in the block diagram. 
  3. Once the VI is ready to be used, save the VI in the following path: C:\<Program Files>\National Instruments\<LabVIEW 20xx>\resource\dialog\QuickDrop\plugins

Restart LabVIEW and check to see your newly created Quick Drop VI when activating the Quick Drop function.