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Keyboard Shortcuts

The following tables list keyboard shortcuts in the LabVIEW environment.

File Operations

Shortcut Action
Ctrl-N Open a new VI and add it to the existing project.
Ctrl-O Open an existing project.

Ctrl-F4

Ctrl-W

Close the current VI.
Ctrl-S Save the current file.
Ctrl-Shift-S Save all open files.
Alt-F4 Quit LabVIEW.

Basic Editing

Shortcut Action

Ctrl-X

Shift-Delete

Cut.

Ctrl-C

Ctrl-Insert

Copy.

Ctrl-V

Shift-Insert

Paste.

Ctrl-Z

Alt-Backspace

Undo.

Ctrl-Y

Alt-Shift-Backspace

Redo.
Shift-F10 Open shortcut menu for selected item.

Selecting and Moving Objects

Shortcut Action
Shift-Click

Select multiple objects.

Add object to the current selection.

Ctrl-A Select all objects.
Arrow keys Move selected objects in grid-sized increments.
Shift-Arrow keys Move selected objects four grid units.
Ctrl-Drag Copy and drag selected object.
Ctrl-Shift-Drag Copy selected object and move it along one axis.
Shift-Resize Resize selected object while maintaining aspect ratio.
Ctrl-Resize Resize selected object while maintaining center point.
Shift-Ctrl-Resize Resize selected object while maintaining both aspect ratio and center point.
Ctrl-Drag Create additional blank space along the axis you drag the mouse.
Double-click open area Add free label or comment to panel or diagram.
Spacebar-Drag Pan across panel or diagram.

Navigating the Panel and Diagram

Editor Command Shortcut Action
Panel and diagram selectors Ctrl-E Toggle between the panel and diagram view. If the icon view is active, switch to the panel view.
Search Ctrl-Spacebar Shift focus to the Search bar.
Show Grid Ctrl-' Toggle the diagram grid on/off.
Smart Guides Shift-Ctrl-; Toggle Smart Guides on/off. Smart Guides help you align objects on the panel.
S while dragging an object on the panel Disable grid snapping on the panel.
Ctrl-K after selecting a constant Dock the selected constant to the node to which it is wired.
Position Constants Ctrl-K after selecting a node Dock/undock all constants to/from the selected node.
Vertical scroll bar Mouse wheel Scroll the document vertically.
Horizontal scroll bar Shift-Mouse wheel Scroll the document horizontally.
Tab Shift focus from one control to another in tabbing order while the VI is running.
Shift-Tab Shift focus from one control to another in reverse tabbing order while the VI is running.

Debugging Commands

Editor Command Shortcut Action
Step In Ctrl-Down arrow Open a node and pause.
Step Over Ctrl-Right arrow Execute a node without stepping into the node and pause at the next node.
Step Out Ctrl-Up arrow Complete execution of the current node and pause.
Breakpoint Ctrl-[ Set or delete a breakpoint on the selected node or wire to pause execution at that breakpoint.
Probe Ctrl-] Set or delete a probe on the selected wire, which allows you to view intermediate values on the selected wire as the program runs.

Help Commands

Shortcut Action
Ctrl-H Display the Context Help pane.
F1 Access additional information on ni.com.

Running VIs

Editor Command Shortcut Action
Run Ctrl-R Start execution of the program.
Abort Ctrl-. Stop the program immediately, before it finishes executing.

Running VIs

Editor Command Shortcut Action
Run Ctrl-R Start execution of the program.
Abort Ctrl-. Stop the program immediately, before it finishes executing.

Wiring

Editor Command Shortcut Action
Remove Broken Wires Ctrl-B Delete all broken wires from the diagram.

Esc

Right-click

Ctrl-Z

Delete a wire you are in the process of creating.
Select Segment Single-click wire Select one wire segment.
Select Branch Double-click wire Select a wire branch.
Select Wire Triple-click wire Select the entire wire.
Single-click while wiring Tack down the wire segment and start a new wire segment.
Double-click while wiring End the wire without connecting it to a node.
Tap spacebar while wiring Switch the direction of a wire between horizontal and vertical.
Cleanup Diagram Ctrl-U Distribute wires evenly on the diagram to organize the appearance of the VI.
Clean Up Wire Select Clean Up Wire from the shortcut menu Route a selected wire to decrease the number of bends in the wire and avoid crossing objects on the diagram.
Create new wire path between two wired terminals Reroute existing wire.

Editing Text

Shortcut Action
Double-click text Select a single word in a string.
Triple-click text Select the entire string.

Ctrl-Right arrow

Ctrl-Left arrow

Move the cursor within a string by one word in the direction of the arrow.
Home Move the cursor to the beginning of the current line.
End Move the cursor to the end of the current line.
Ctrl-Home Move the cursor to the beginning of the string.
Ctrl-End Move the cursor to the end of the string.
Esc Cancel text entry.
Ctrl-Enter Submit text entry.

Capturing Data

Editor Command Shortcut Action
Capture Data button Ctrl-D Save data from the selected object to the Data pane for later use.

Navigating the Files and Data Panes

Shortcut Action
* (Numeric keypad) Expand everything under the selected folder.
+ (Numeric keypad) Expand the selected folder.
- (Numeric keypad) Collapse the selected folder.
Right arrow Expand the selected folder if it is closed. Otherwise, this keyboard shortcut selects the first child.
Left arrow Collapse the selected folder if it is open. Otherwise, this keyboard shortcut selects the parent.

Ctrl-up arrow

Ctrl-down arrow

Scroll through the pane without changing the current selection.
Any printable key(s) Select the item beginning with the entered letter(s).
Enter Open the selected document.
F2 Rename the selected item.

Zooming

Shortcut Action
Ctrl-Mouse wheel Zoom.
Ctrl-+ Zoom in.
Ctrl-- Zoom out.
Ctrl-0 Zoom to fit.