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This is a complete list of LabVIEW development environment keyboard shortcut keys.

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Object Movement

Keyboard Shortcut Description
Shift-click Selects multiple objects; adds object to current selection.
Ctrl-click Toggles a single object to join or leave the current selection.
Arrow keys Moves selected objects one pixel at a time.
Shift-Arrow keys Moves selected objects several pixels at a time. If the Alignment Grid is enabled, the object will move to align with the grid and thereafter will move in grid increments.
Shift-click (drag) Moves selected objects in one axis.
Ctrl-click (drag) Duplicates selected object
Ctrl-Shift-click (drag) Duplicates selected object and moves it in one axis.
Shift-resize Resizes selected object while maintaining aspect ratio.
Ctrl-resize Resizes selected object while maintaining center point.
Ctrl-Shift-resize Resizes selected object while maintaining center point and aspect ratio.
Ctrl-drag a rectangle Adds more working space to the front panel or block diagram.
Ctrl-A Selects all front panel or block diagram items.
Ctrl-Shift-A Performs last alignment operation on objects.
Ctrl-D Performs last distribution operation on objects.
Double-click open space Adds a free label to the front panel or block diagram if automatic tool selection is enabled.
Ctrl-mouse wheel Scrolls through subdiagrams of a Case, Event, or Stacked Sequence structure.
g or G (no modifier keys) While dragging an object with the mouse, this momentarily toggles on or off the alignment grid
a or A (no modifier keys) While dragging an object on the block diagram, this momentarily toggles on or off the automatic wiring
Spacebar (drag) Disables preset alignment positions when moving object labels or captions.

Navigating the LabVIEW Environment

Keyboard Shortcut Description
Ctrl-F Finds objects or text.
Ctrl-Shift-F Displays Search Results window or the Find Project Items dialog box with the previous search results.
Ctrl-G Searches for next instance of object or text.
Ctrl-Shift-G Searches for previous instance of VIs, object, or text.
Ctrl-Tab Cycles through LabVIEW windows in the order the windows appear onscreen. The order of the windows depends on the window manager you use.
Ctrl-Shift-Tab Cycles the opposite direction through LabVIEW windows.
Ctrl-L Displays the Error List window.
Ctrl-Shift-W Displays the All Windows dialog box.
Ctrl-Shift-B Displays the Class Browser window.

Navigating Front Panels and Block Diagrams

Keyboard Shortcut Description
Ctrl-E Displays block diagram or front panel window.
Ctrl-Space Displays the Quick Drop dialog box. On Chinese keyboards, press the <Ctrl-Shift-Space> keys. (Mac OS X) Press the <Command-Shift-Space> keys.
Ctrl-# Enables or disables grid alignment. On French keyboards, press the <Ctrl-"> keys. (Mac OS) Press the <Command-*> keys.
Ctrl-/ Maximizes and restores window.
Ctrl-T Tiles front panel and block diagram windows.
Ctrl-Shift-N Displays the Navigation window.
Ctrl-I Displays the VI Properties dialog box.
Ctrl-Y Displays the History window.

Navigating the VI Hierarchy Window

Keyboard Shortcut Description
Ctrl-D Redraws the VI Hierarchy window.
Ctrl-A Shows all VIs in the VI Hierarchy window.
Ctrl-click VI Displays the subVIs and other nodes that make up the VI you select in the VI Hierarchy window.
Enter Finds the next node that matches the search string after initiating a search by typing in the VI Hierarchy window.
Shift-Enter Finds the previous node that matches the search string after initiating a search by typing in the VI Hierarchy window.

Debugging

Keyboard Shortcut Description
Ctrl-Down arrow Steps into node.
Ctrl-Right arrow Steps over node.
Ctrl-Up arrow Steps out of node.
Ctrl-click on wire In run mode place a probe
Click on wire or block diagram space In run mode place a breakpoint

File Operations

Keyboard Shortcut Description
Ctrl-N Opens a new, blank VI.
Ctrl-O Opens an existing VI.
Ctrl-W Closes the VI.
Ctrl-S Saves the VI.
Ctrl-Shift-S Saves all open files.
Ctrl-P Prints the window.
Ctrl-Q Quits LabVIEW.

Basic Editing

Keyboard Shortcut Description
Ctrl-Z Undoes last action.
Ctrl-Shift-Z Redoes last action.
Ctrl-X Cuts an object.
Ctrl-C Copies an object.
Ctrl-V Pastes an object.

Help

Keyboard Shortcut Description
Ctrl-H Displays Context Help window.
Ctrl-Shift-L Locks Context Help window.
Ctrl-? or <F1> Displays LabVIEW Help.

Tools and Palettes

Keyboard Shortcut Description
Ctrl Switches to next most useful tool.
Shift Switches to Positioning tool.
Ctrl-Shift over open space Switches to Scrolling tool.
Spacebar Toggles between two most common tools if automatic tool selection is disabled.
Shift-Tab Enables automatic tool selection.
Tab Cycles through four most common tools if you disabled automatic tool selection by clicking the automatic tool selection button. Otherwise, enables automatic tool selection.
Arrow keys Navigates temporary Controls and Functions palettes.
Enter Navigates into a temporary palette.
Esc Navigates out of a temporary palette.
Shift-right-click Displays a temporary version of the Tools palette at the location of the cursor.

SubVIs

Keyboard Shortcut Description
Double-click subVI Displays subVI front panel.
Ctrl-double-click subVI Displays subVI block diagram and front panel.
Drag VI icon to block diagram Places that VI as a subVI on the block diagram.
Shift-drag VI icon to block diagram Places that VI as a subVI on the block diagram with constants wired for controls that have non-default values.
Ctrl-right-click block diagram and select VI from palette Opens front panel of that VI.

Execution

Keyboard Shortcut Description
Ctrl-R Runs the VI.
Ctrl-. Stops the VI, when used while VI is running.
Ctrl-M Changes to run or edit mode.
Ctrl-Run button Recompiles the current VI.
Ctrl-Shift-Run button Recompiles all VIs in memory.
Ctrl-Down arrow Moves key focus inside an array or cluster, when used while VI is running.
Ctrl-Up arrow Moves key focus outside an array or cluster, when used while VI is running.
Tab Navigates the controls or indicators according to tabbing order, when used while VI is running.
Shift-Tab Navigates backward through the controls or indicators, when used while VI is running.

Wiring

Keyboard Shortcut Description
Ctrl-B Deletes all broken wires in a VI.
Esc, right-click, or click terminal Cancels a wire you started.
Single-click wire Selects one segment.
Double-click wire Selects a branch.
Triple-click wire Selects entire wire.
A While wiring, disables automatic wire routing temporarily.
Double-click (while wiring) Tacks down wire without connecting it.
Spacebar Toggles automatic wiring while moving objects.
Shift-click Undoes last point where you set a wire.
Ctrl-click input on function with two inputs Switches the two input wires.
Spacebar Switches the direction of a wire between horizontal and vertical.

Text

Keyboard Shortcut Description
Double-click Selects a single word in a string.
Triple-click Selects an entire string.
Ctrl-Right arrow Moves forward in string by one word when using text that has characters that use single bytes, such as Western character sets. Moves forward in string by one character when using text that has characters that use multiple bytes, such as Asian character sets.
Ctrl-Left arrow Moves backward in string by one word when using text that has characters that use single bytes, such as Western character sets. Moves backward in string by one character when using text that has characters that use multiple bytes, such as Asian character sets.
Home Moves to beginning of current line in string.
End Moves to end of current line in string.
Ctrl-Home Moves to beginning of entire string.
Ctrl-End Moves to end of entire string.
Shift-Enter Adds new items when entering items in enumerated type controls and constants, ring controls and constants, or Case structures. In string constants, press the <Shift-Enter> keys on the keyboard to disable autosizing if it is enabled. If autosizing is disabled, press the <Shift-Enter> keys on the keyboard to display a scroll bar in the constant.
Esc Cancels current edit in a string.
Ctrl-Enter Ends text entry.
Ctrl-Shift-= Increases the current font size.
Ctrl-- Decreases the current font size.
Ctrl-0 Displays the Font dialog box.
Ctrl-1 Changes to the Application font in Font dialog box.
Ctrl-2 Changes to the System font in the Font dialog box.
Ctrl-3 Changes to the Dialog font in the Font dialog box.
Ctrl-4 Changes to the current font in the Font dialog box.

See also

Personal tools
Namespaces
Variants
Actions
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