Friday, October 16, 2009

Quick Drop Keyboard Shortcut - Commands for "Create" Menu Options

My third post-release Quick Drop keyboard shortcut is now available on the NI Community website. This shortcut allows you to perform all the options in the right-click > Create... menu with your keyboard. You can perform these operations with one or more objects selected. For example, you could select several control terminals on the diagram, press Ctrl-Space, type reference, and press Ctrl-A, and a control reference will be created for each one, just as if you had right-clicked them individually and selected Create > Reference on each one. Check it out and let me know what you think:

Quick Drop Keyboard Shortcut - Commands for "Create" Menu Options


  1. Nice work. Could you add the Ctrl-Shift-B functionality, such that (for example):

    Select terminal
    type "property.disabled"

    creates a Disabled property node for the selected terminal?

  2. That's a cool idea, Jason. I don't know when I can get around to making that change, but I'll keep it in mind. Actually, now that I think about it, the B and A shortcuts that I've posted on the community are not password-protected, so if you want to try to make that change yourself, I can post your updated shortcut VI... :)

  3. Darren wrote, regarding VI Server Rename (

    "I filed CAR# 184060 on these issues... specifically, the inconsistency of the internal names of properties/methods, and the fact that dotted properties with reference boundaries cannot be specified."


    Could be a fun challenge after the CAR is addressed.