Within a LabVIEW Project, folders create an organizational structure for items such as VIs, documentation files, and external code.
You can choose between two types of folders in a LabVIEW Project – virtual folders and auto-populating folders. An auto-populating folder is synchronized to a folder on disk and constantly updates, or populates, to reflect the contents of the folder on disk. Adding an auto-populated folder to a LabVIEW Project effectively adds a directory on disk, along with its subdirectories (in other words, auto-populating folders function recursively). LabVIEW continuously monitors and updates the auto-populating LabVIEW Project folder according to changes made on disk and changes made in the project.
A blue folder icon with a yellow cylinder visually identifies an auto-populating folder (Figure 1), while virtual folders are identified by a silver folder icon.
Figure 1. Auto-populating folders reflect the contents of a directory on disk.
Auto-populated folders provide immediate access to all the files in directories and instantly reflect any changes you make on disk (such as adding, moving, or deleting files). However, with auto-populated folders, you cannot apply a custom organization to files independent of the structure on disk. Such a custom organization of files is possible with virtual folders. You can use both auto-populated folders and virtual folders in the same LabVIEW Project to achieve maximum flexibility.
Refer to the following LabVIEW Help topics for more information about auto-populating folders.