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Configuration Options (DMM)

Last Modified: November 26, 2019

Use configuration options on the Digital Multimeter (DMM) Soft Front Panel (SFP) to decide the measurement mode and range. For example, you can measure DC voltage or AC voltage.

Toolbar Controls

Use the toolbar controls to perform common tasks for the DMM. The toolbar is located at the top of the SFP.

Control Description
Drag and drop Drags and drops the SFP to the desired position within the browser window. Large SFPs such as the Oscilloscope are always located to the left of small SFPs such as the Variable Power Supplies (VPS). Your window size decides whether the SFPs are arranged vertically or horizontally.

Click to open the current SFP in a separate browser window. To restore it to the original window, close the SFP by clicking and launch it again.

Run/Stop Click Run to start data acquisition or generation. Click Stop to stop data acquisition or generation.
Collaboration Indicates whether you are controlling or viewing the instrument, and whether others are using the instrument simultaneously. Click the button to request or release your control over the instrument. For more information, refer to Collaborating with Your Team Members.

The buttons on the DMM SFP represent different types of measurements. To enable a measurement mode, click the corresponding button.

Measurement mode Button Description
DC voltage Measures the DC component of a voltage source.
AC voltage Measures the AC component of a voltage source.
DC current Measures the DC component of a current source.
AC current Measures the AC component of a current source.
Resistance Measures resistance.
Capacitance Measures capacitance.
Inductance Measures inductance.
Diode Measures the voltage drop across a diode. When you select Diode, Range specifies the threshold for a valid diode measurement.
Continuity Tests for continuity. The threshold for continuity measurements is 15 Ω. The DMM beeps when it detects a short circuit.

Range specifies the range of the measurement. When you select Automatic, the DMM automatically chooses the range that suits the input signal.

In the Connections section, the SFP highlights the channels to connect to depending on the measurement mode. For example, when the measurement mode is DC current or AC current, the Connections section highlights the channels as follows:

When the measurement mode is Capacitance or Inductance, the Connections section highlights the terminals on the NI ELVIS III to connect to the device under test (DUT):

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