Keyboard Shortcuts Accelerate Programming
Several keyboard shortcuts already exist by default in Quick Drop that can speed up programming even more. Shortcuts available depend on the version of LabVIEW you are using; many shortcuts were added in LabVIEW 2009 including the following examples:
<Ctrl + D>
This shortcut automatically generates all controls and indicators for a selected VI, eliminating the time it would have taken to place these objects. Select the VI, then open Quick Drop (<ctrl + space>), and then press <ctrl + D>. Use <ctrl + shift + D> instead to automatically place all input constants for the selected VI.
Figure 4: Select a VI, then press <ctrl + space> to open Quick Drop. Once the window appears press <ctrl + D> to automatically place and wire all controls and indicators for the selected VI.
<Ctrl + R>
Removing an unwanted VI in an application often requires you to rewire all tunneling wires like errors or references. Save time by pressing <ctrl + R> after selecting a VI and opening Quick Drop to remove a VI and connect input and output wires in place of that VI.
Figure 5: Select a VI, then press <ctrl + space> to open Quick Drop. Once the window appears press <ctrl + R> to delete the selected VI and connect corresponding input and output wires.
<Ctrl + T>
Some LabVIEW programmers prefer their labels on the left of input and right of outputs, and changing those positions can take time. Automate the process by pressing <ctrl + T> with Quick Drop open to move labels from the top of controls, indicators, and constants on a selected VI to the sides.
Figure 6: Select a VI, then press <ctrl + space> to open Quick Drop. Once the window appears press <ctrl + T> move object labels from above to the sides of objects.
Create Your Own Keyboard Shortcuts
In addition to the standard shortcuts, you can also configure your own Quick Drop shortcuts to help access the VIs you use frequently. Once Quick Drop is Open, use the Configure.. button to open the Quick Drop Configuration dialog box.
Note: Steps may vary slightly based on your LabVIEW version. Use the LabVIEW Help for your version of LabVIEW for specific steps to follow to configure Quick Drop shortcuts.
Figure 7: Click the “Shortcuts” button to define custom shortcuts for your most commonly used palette items.
Tip: You can make complicated VI names or VIs that share the first part of a name with other VIs more readily available by linking them to a two- or three-letter shortcut. It is recommended that you use letters that you can easily reach with your nondominant hand to keep your dominant hand on the mouse.
Figure 8: Try to define shortcuts using two or three letters.
When you create Quick Drop shortcuts, your LabVIEW.ini file is updated.