Guide to LabWindows/CVI Documentation

LabWindows™/CVI™ 2015 Help

Edition Date: August 2015

Part Number: 370051AC-01

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Use the following information to help you find resources as you develop applications in LabWindows/CVI.

Resources for New Users
Resources for Upgrade Users
Overview Information
Advanced Topics
Context-Sensitive Help

Resources for New Users

  • Harbison, Samuel P. and Guy L. Steele, Jr. C: A Reference Manual. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, Inc. 1995. The LabWindows/CVI Help assumes a working knowledge of the C programming language. If you need an additional resource, this book provides a detailed description of the C programming language, as well as suggestions for correct and efficient code writing.
  • The Getting Started with LabWindows/CVI manual provides a hands-on introduction to the LabWindows/CVI software. The manual contains exercises that help you become familiar with the LabWindows/CVI development environment and learn to build an application. You also will find an introduction to instrument control and data acquisition.
  • Read the LabWindows/CVI Readme for known issues and workarounds. Select Start»All Programs»National Instruments»LabWindows CVI version»LabWindows CVI version Readme to access this document.

Resources for Upgrade Users

  • Read the LabWindows/CVI Release Notes for an overview of the new features added to this version of LabWindows/CVI.
  • Read the LabWindows/CVI Readme for known issues and workarounds.

Overview Information

The following topics provide an overview of LabWindows/CVI.

Advanced Topics

For more in-depth information about advanced topics, refer to the following LabWindows/CVI Help topics.

 Multithreading Overview

 Programming for Multibyte Character Sets in LabWindows/CVI

 Building ActiveX Servers in LabWindows/CVI

 Building Networked Applications with the LabWindows/CVI TCP Support Library

 Downloading and Running DLLs via LabVIEW

 Instrument Driver Development

Context-Sensitive Help

You can access help in the following ways:

  • Press <F1> in a dialog box or when you highlight a menu to open the LabWindows/CVI Help to the topic describing the currently open menu or dialog box.
  • Right-click a menu and select Menu Help to view online help for the menu.
  • Click the Help button in dialog boxes to display the help topic associated with the dialog box.
  • In a Source window, press <F1> while your cursor is on LabWindows/CVI library function name to open the help for that function.
  • In Edit Control dialog boxes, press the question mark and click an option in the dialog box to view help for that option.

Using Context-Sensitive Help for Controls in User Interface Windows

You can access help for controls in the UI Editor in the following ways:

  • Right-click a control and select Control HelpLabWindows/CVI Help appears with help for that control.
  • Select two or more controls of the same subtype and right-click—LabWindows/CVI Help appears with help for that type of control.
  • Select a control and press <F1>—Help specific to that control appears.
  • Select two or more controls of the same subtype and press <F1>—LabWindows/CVI Help appears with help for that type of control.
  • Select a control or multiple controls of the same subtype and select Help»Control Help—Help for the selected control appears.

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