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Keyboard Shortcuts

Last Modified: December 15, 2016

The following tables list keyboard shortcuts in the environment.

File Operations

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

Ctrl-F4

Ctrl-W

Close the current document.
Ctrl-S Save the current file.
Ctrl-Shift-S Save all open files.
Ctrl-P Print the current document.
Alt-F4 Quit.

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 open area 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 Environment

Shortcut Action
Ctrl-F Find and replace text or objects within a document.
Ctrl-Shift-F Find and replace text or objects within a project.

Enter

F3

Ctrl-G

Search document for next instance of text or an object. This command is only available when in Find mode.

Shift-Enter

Shift-F3

Shift-Ctrl-G

Search document for previous instance of text or an object. This command is only available when in Find mode.
Ctrl-Tab Cycle through document tabs in the order in which they appear onscreen.
Ctrl-Shift-Tab Cycle through document tabs in the opposite order in which they appear onscreen.

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 palette search bar.
Ctrl-' Toggle the diagram grid on/off.
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.
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 code is running.
Shift-Tab Shift focus from one control to another in reverse tabbing order while the code is running.

Creating Constants

Shortcut Action
Ctrl-M Create constants for all unwired inputs of the selected objects.
Ctrl-Shift-M Create constants for all required unwired inputs of the selected objects.

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.
Set Breakpoint Ctrl-[ Set or delete a breakpoint on the selected node or wire to pause execution at that breakpoint.
Set Probe Ctrl-] Set or delete a probe on the selected wire, which allows you to view intermediate values on the selected wire as the code runs.

Help Commands

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

Running Code

Editor Command Shortcut Action
Run Ctrl-R Execute this code.
Abort Ctrl-. Stop the code immediately, before it finishes executing.
Ctrl-Run button Recompile the code in the current document.
Ctrl-Shift-Run button Recompile the code in all documents in memory.

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.
Single-click wire Select one wire segment.
Double-click wire Select a wire branch.
Triple-click wire Select the entire wire.
Ctrl-click wire Create a new wire branch from an existing 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.

Clean Up Diagram

Clean Up Selection

Ctrl-U Organize the diagram or the selected code to make it easier to understand.
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.

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 current data values to the Captured Data tab.

Navigating the Project Files and Captured Data Tabs

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.

Workbook Editor

Guided Help Editor Command Shortcut Action
Add Page Ctrl-Shift-P Add a new page to the workbook.
Image Ctrl-Shift-I Add a new image or update the selected image.
Video Ctrl-Shift-V Add a new video or update the selected video.
Table Ctrl-Shift-T Add a new table.
Trigger Ctrl-Shift-R Add a new trigger or update the selected trigger.
Question Ctrl-Shift-Q Add a new question or update the selected question.
Bold Ctrl-B Make the current selection of text bold.
Italic Ctrl-I Italicize the current selection of text.
Underline Ctrl-U Add underline to the current selection of text.
Indent Tab (in a list) Indent an item in a list.
Outdent Shift-Tab (in a list) Outdent an item in a list.

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