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Add a button to reset a tool's annotation text to default

When you add a tool in the canvas, the annotation is automatically set (for example the formula, or connection configuration etc). You can then customize the annotation text in the "Annotation" tool's tab. But sometimes it can be useful to revert to the "automatic" annotation, and it doesn't seem possible once you set it to something different.

 

Apparently there is currently no way to reset a tool's annotation text to the automatic value.

 

I've found a way to do it by editing the xml content of the file : as far as I know you just have to delete the <AnnotationText>[...]</AnnotationText> tag and reload the file, and the annotation gets back to the default "automatic" value, which is still present in the <DefaultAnnotationText> tag.

 

I think a simple button in the tool's annotation tab to reset it would be nice.

 

Thank you!

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Meteor

It might be good to implement this with a switch labeled "Sync annotation with configuration" or something similar. I find that when I update SQL in the Input Data Tool, for example, I sometimes forget to update the copy of the SQL in the annotation, and I can get misled by obsolete annotation content when I look at complex workflows a while after I change them.

@IverBand Exactly, this would be great.