LabVIEW Environment Overview
The LabVIEW Integrated Development Environment (IDE) consists of multiple open windows for the different components. This is reminiscent of its initial programming for Apple Macintosh. Many other applications written originally for Apple and then made for Microsoft Windows follows the same UI architecture (i.e. Adobe Photoshop).
However, the LabVIEW NXG IDE provides a Multiple Document Interface (MDI) where separate panes or tabs exist for the different components but in one window. In LabVIEW NXG many of the panes or tabs can be docked or undocked to create multiple open windows.
LabVIEW Main Windows
The main development windows include:
Navigating between these main windows can be done by shortcuts:
- Ctrl+E toggles between a VI's Front Panel and Block Diagram.
- While on a VI, Ctrl+Shift+E will find and highlight the VI in the Project Explorer window.
- Double-clicking the VI in the Project Explorer window will either open the VI's Front Panel or, if already open, bring the Front Panel window to the top.
LabVIEW Secondary Windows
Secondary windows from the View menu (or through alternative methods in parentheses) include:
- the Controls Palette (right-clicking on the Front Panel)
- the Functions Palette (right-clicking on the Block Diagram)
- the Tools Palette (Shift-right click on either the Front Panel or Block Diagram)
- Quick Drop (Ctrl+Space)
- the Breakpoint Manager
- the Probe Watch Window (pops up when a probe is placed)
- the Event Inspector Window (right-clicking an Event Structure)
- the Error List (click on a Broken Run button or Ctrl+L)
- the VI Hierarchy
- the LabVIEW Class Hierarchy
- the Bookmark Manager
- the Class Browser (Ctrl+Shift+B)
- the .Net Assemblies in Memory
- the ActiveX Control Property Browser
- the Getting Started Window...
- the Navigation Window
LabVIEW NXG Window Components
- Project Pane
- Editor Pane
- Front Panel Tab
- Block Diagram Tab
- Icon Tab
- Properties Pane