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Creating Transparent Objects

LabVIEW 2013 Help

Edition Date: June 2013

Part Number: 371361K-01

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You can make front panel objects transparent, which allows you to layer multiple controls and indicators so that they appear in the same place when a user selects a particular option. Transparency affects only the appearance of an object. The object responds to mouse and key operations as usual.

Note   You cannot change the color of system controls because system controls change appearance depending on which platform you run the VI. These controls appear in the colors you have set up for your system.

Complete the following steps to make an object transparent.

  1. Use the Coloring tool to right-click an object to display the color picker. If automatic tool selection is enabled, select the Coloring tool from the Tools palette to disable automatic tool selection.

    Tip   Press the <Shift> key and right-click to display a temporary version of the Tools palette at the location of the cursor.


  2. Select the T box in the upper right corner of the color picker.

You also can make parts of a front panel object transparent, including borders.

Complete the following steps to practice making the border of an object transparent.

  1. Use the Coloring tool to right-click the border of an object such as a string control to display the color picker. If automatic tool selection is enabled, select the Coloring tool from the Tools palette to disable automatic tool selection.
  2. Select the T box in the upper right corner of the color picker. LabVIEW makes the control border transparent. The background color of the front panel, or the object containing the control, determines the color of the control border.

 

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