List Objects where a wave is shown

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Joined: 2017-06-08
Location: Germany

Hello everyone,

i have a simple question. Is it possible to get a List of all Windows, where a specific wave is shown?

The DataBrowser has this feature by performing a right-click on a wave and selecting "Show where Object is used ..", but i wasn't able to find a Igor-function that is giving me that list from the program language. I know that there is the option to use "CheckDisplayed" for every window, but this seems to be quite awkward.

Best regards,


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Joined: 2009-03-21
Location: United States


The operation checkdisplayed will check to see if a wave is displayed and you can use a flag with a specific window so you can go through all open windows to build a list. I would build this once as a function in general form. I bit of a pain but then you have it.

CheckDisplayed [/A/W=winName ] waveName [, waveName ]...
The CheckDisplayed operation determines if named waves are displayed in a host window or subwindow.
/A Checks all graphs and table windows.
/W=winName Checks only the named graph or table window.
When identifying a subwindow with winName, see Subwindow Syntax for details on forming the window hierarchy.


[ last edited June 13, 2018 - 17:44 ]
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Joined: 2016-09-06
Location: United States

I had written some code to do this before that feature was available in the DataBrowser:

// Start with data browser open, and wave selected in data browser. (Could of course use CreateBrowser to do this too.)
// Selected wave in the data browser can be in any datafolder (doesn't have to be current datafolder).
macro FindSelectedWave()
function FindWindowContainingSelWave()
	string fullSelection, wToFind, windowList, windowName, DFpath, savedDataFolder, foundWindows
	variable n, num
		Abort "Please click on a wave, not a datafolder."
	savedDataFolder = GetDataFolder(1)			//current data folder
	fullSelection = GetBrowserSelection(0)		//wave selected
	wToFind = ParseFilePath(0, fullSelection, ":", 1, 0)		//get the wave name only (removes datafolders if any)
	DFpath = ParseFilePath(1, fullSelection, ":", 1, 0)		//get datafolder path to that wave
	SetDataFolder DFpath									//set datafolder to the one containing the selected wave
	Print "Searching for wave ",fullSelection
	foundWindows = ""										//init
	windowList = WinList("*", ";","WIN:3")				//list of all tables and graphs
	num = ItemsInList(windowList)						
	for(n=0; n<num; n+=1)								//loop thru them all to find which one has wave in use
		windowName = StringFromList(n, windowList)		//get a window name
		if (strlen(wavelist(wToFind, ";", "WIN:"+windowName))>0)	//if the wavelist command returns a string, this window has the wave in it.
			foundWindows+= windowName+";"
	if (strlen(foundWindows)==0)										//if loop index has incremented to num, then wave wasn't found in any graph or table.
		Print "Wave ",wToFind, "is not in use."
		Print "Wave is used in window(s) ", foundWindows
		DoWindow/F $(StringFromList(0, foundWindows))	// bring first window containing wave to front, but could do them all in loop
	SetDataFolder savedDataFolder						//set datafolder back to original setting.

Hope this helps

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