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Managing and Modifying Add-On Libraries

Last Modified: August 7, 2018

Add-ons extend the development environment by providing additional APIs, libraries, and instrument drivers that you can customize. Code in an add-on library is locked for editing by default to improve editor performance and prevent accidental edits.

To customize an add-on library, you must create a duplicate of the add-on. Duplicating an add-on copies all the library files of the add-on to your project. LabVIEW NXG also updates your project to reference the copy of the add-on instead of the original add-on.

Complete the following steps to customize a VI of an add-on:

  1. On the panel or diagram of the VI, click the Duplicate add-on button.
  2. Click Duplicate to start duplicating the add-on. When the operation completes, the duplicated add-on folder appears in the Project Files tab and your project is updated to use the duplicated add-on in place of the original add-on.
  3. Edit and save the VI.

You can use the Project document to manage the add-ons that a project references. Double-click your project in the Project Files tab to open the Project document and view a list of add-ons used in your project. To revert back to the original add-on, set the value of Project state to Enabled for the add-on.

If you include the duplicated add-on in other projects that reference the same original add-on, you can avoid name collisions by disabling the original add-on from within the Project document. In the Project document, set Project state filter to All, locate the original add-on, and set Project state to Disabled.

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