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Keyboard Shortcuts

LabVIEW 2013 Help

Edition Date: June 2013

Part Number: 371361K-01

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The following table lists keyboard shortcuts in the LabVIEW environment. You also can create custom shortcuts for VI menu items.

Refer to the LabVIEW Quick Reference Card for a PDF version of the keyboard shortcuts.

Note  The <Ctrl> key in these shortcuts corresponds to the (Mac OS X) <Option> or <Command> key or to the (Linux) <Alt> key.


Keyboard Shortcut Description
Object/Movement
Shift-click Selects multiple objects; adds object to current selection.
Arrow keys Moves selected objects one pixel at a time.
Shift-Arrow keys Moves selected objects several pixels at a time.
Shift-click (drag) Moves selected objects in one axis.
Ctrl+K Reorders objects in a stack of objects by moving the selected object one position higher in the stack.
Ctrl+J Reorders objects in a stack by moving the selected object one position lower in the stack.
Ctrl+Shift+K Reorders objects in a stack by moving the selected object to the top of the stack.
Ctrl+Shift+J Reorders objects in a stack by moving the selected object to the back of the stack.
Ctrl-click (drag) Duplicates selected object.
Ctrl-Shift-click (drag) Duplicates selected object and moves it in one axis.
Shift-resize Resizes selected object while maintaining aspect ratio.
Ctrl-resize Resizes selected object while maintaining center point.
Ctrl-Shift-resize Resizes selected object while maintaining center point and aspect ratio.
Ctrl-drag a rectangle in open space Adds more working space to the front panel or block diagram.
Ctrl-A Selects all front panel or block diagram items.
Ctrl-Shift-A Performs last alignment operation on objects.
Ctrl-D Performs last distribution operation on objects.
Double-click open space Adds a free label to the front panel or block diagram if automatic tool selection is enabled.
Ctrl-mouse wheel Scrolls through subdiagrams of a Case, Event, or Stacked Sequence structure.
Spacebar (drag)Disables preset alignment positions when moving object labels or captions.
Ctrl-UReroutes all existing wires and rearranges objects on the block diagram automatically.
Ctrl-DWhile the Quick Drop dialog box is active, creates controls and indicators for all unwired inputs and outputs of the selected block diagram object(s).
Ctrl-Shift-DWhile the Quick Drop dialog box is active, creates constants for all unwired inputs of the selected block diagram object(s).
Ctrl-RWhile the Quick Drop dialog box is active, removes the selected block diagram object(s) and any wires and constants connected to the selected object(s), and connects wires of identical data types that were wired to the inputs and outputs of the deleted object(s).
Ctrl-TWhile the Quick Drop dialog box is active, moves the labels for all control terminals on the top-level block diagram to the left of the terminal and moves the labels for all indicator terminals on the top-level block diagram to the right of the terminal.

You also can select multiple objects on the block diagram, display the Quick Drop dialog box, and press <Ctrl-T> to move the labels of only the selected objects.
Ctrl-Shift-TWhile the Quick Drop dialog box is active, moves the labels for all control terminals on the block diagram, including terminals contained in subdiagrams, to the left of the terminal and moves the labels for all indicator terminals on the block diagram, including terminals contained in subdiagrams, to the right of the terminal.
Ctrl-PWhile the Quick Drop dialog box is active, replaces the selected front panel or block diagram object(s) with the object you select in the Quick Drop dialog box.
Ctrl-IWhile the Quick Drop dialog box is active, inserts the object you select in the Quick Drop dialog box on the selected wire(s) on the block diagram.
Ctrl-Shift-IWhile the Quick Drop dialog box is active, inserts a single instance of the object you select in the Quick Drop dialog box on multiple selected wires.
Ctrl-BWhile the Quick Drop dialog box is active, changes the VI Server class of the selected Property Node(s), Invoke Node(s), and/or class specifier constant(s) to the class you enter in the Quick Drop window.
Ctrl-Shift-BWhile the Quick Drop dialog box is active, changes the property or method of the selected Property Node(s) or Invoke Node(s), respectively, to the property or method name you enter in the Quick Drop window.
Navigating the LabVIEW Environment
Ctrl-F Finds objects or text.
Ctrl-Shift-F Displays Search Results window or the Find Project Items dialog box with the previous search results.
Ctrl-G Searches VIs for next instance of an object or text.
Ctrl-Shift-G Searches VIs for previous instance of VIs, object, or text.
Ctrl-Tab Cycles through LabVIEW windows in the order the windows appear onscreen. (Linux) The order of the windows depends on the window manager you use.
Ctrl-Shift-Tab Cycles the opposite direction through LabVIEW windows.
Ctrl-L Displays the Error list window.
Ctrl-Shift-E Displays the current VI in the Project Explorer window.
Ctrl-Shift-W Displays the All Windows dialog box.
Ctrl-Shift-B Displays the Class Browser window.
Navigating Front Panels and Block Diagrams
Ctrl-E Displays the block diagram or front panel window.
Ctrl-Space Displays the Quick Drop dialog box. On Chinese keyboards, press the <Ctrl-Shift-Space> keys. (Mac OS X) Press the <Command-Shift-Space> keys.
Ctrl-# Enables or disables grid alignment. On French keyboards, press the <Ctrl-"> keys. (Mac OS X) Press the <Command-*> keys.
Ctrl-/ Maximizes and restores window.
Ctrl-T Tiles front panel and block diagram windows.
Ctrl-Shift-N Displays the Navigation window.
Ctrl-I Displays the VI Properties dialog box.
Ctrl-Y Displays the History window.
Navigating the VI Hierarchy Window
Ctrl-D Redraws the VI Hierarchy window.
Ctrl-A Shows all VIs in the VI Hierarchy window.
Ctrl-click VI Displays the subVIs and other nodes that make up the VI you select in the VI Hierarchy window.
Enter Finds the next node that matches the search string after initiating a search by typing in the VI Hierarchy window.
Shift-Enter Finds the previous node that matches the search string after initiating a search by typing in the VI Hierarchy window.
Debugging
Ctrl-Down arrow Steps into node.
Ctrl-Right arrow Steps over node.
Ctrl-Up arrow Steps out of node.
File Operations
Ctrl-N Opens a new, blank VI.
Ctrl-O Opens an existing VI.
Ctrl-W Closes the VI.
Ctrl-S Saves the VI.
Ctrl-Shift-S Saves all open files.
Ctrl-P Prints the window.
Ctrl-Q Quits LabVIEW.
Basic Editing
Ctrl-Z Undoes last action.
Ctrl-Shift-Z Redoes last action.
Ctrl-X Cuts selected objects.
Ctrl-C Copies selected objects.
Ctrl-V Pastes last cut or copied objects.
Help
Ctrl-H Displays the Context Help window. (Mac OS X) Press the <Command-Shift-H> keys.
Ctrl-Shift-L Locks the Context Help window.
Ctrl-? or <F1> Displays the LabVIEW Help.
Tools and Palettes
Ctrl Switches to next most useful tool.
Shift Switches to Positioning tool.
Ctrl-Shift over open space Switches to Scrolling tool.
Spacebar Toggles between two most common tools if automatic tool selection is disabled.
Shift-Tab Enables automatic tool selection.
Tab Cycles through four most common tools if you disabled automatic tool selection by clicking the Automatic Tool Selection button. Otherwise, enables automatic tool selection.
Arrow keys Navigates temporary Controls and Functions palettes.
Enter Navigates into a temporary palette.
Esc Navigates out of a temporary palette.
Shift-right-click Displays a temporary version of the Tools palette at the location of the cursor.
SubVIs
Double-click subVI Displays the subVI front panel.
Ctrl-double-click subVI Displays the subVI block diagram and front panel.
Drag VI icon to block diagram Places that VI as a subVI on the block diagram.
Shift-drag VI icon to block diagram Places that VI as a subVI on the block diagram with constants wired for controls that have non-default values.
Ctrl-right-click block diagram and select VI from palette Opens the front panel of that VI.
Execution
Ctrl-R Runs the VI.
Ctrl-. Stops the VI, when used while VI is running.
Ctrl-M Changes to run or edit mode.
Ctrl-Run button Recompiles the current VI.
Ctrl-Shift-Run button Recompiles all VIs in memory.
Ctrl-Down arrow Moves key focus inside an array or cluster, when used while VI is running.
Ctrl-Up arrow Moves key focus outside an array or cluster, when used while VI is running.
Tab Navigates the controls or indicators according to tabbing order, when used while VI is running.
Shift-Tab Navigates backward through the controls or indicators, when used while VI is running.
Wiring
Ctrl-B Deletes all broken wires in a VI. If you select a structure or area of the block diagram with broken wires, this shortcut deletes the broken wires in only the selected area.
Esc, right-click, or click terminal While wiring, cancels a wire you started.
Single-click wire Selects one segment.
Double-click wire Selects a branch.
Triple-click wire Selects the entire wire.
A While wiring, temporarily disables automatic wire routing.
Double-click While wiring, tacks down wire without connecting it.
Spacebar While wiring, switches the direction of a wire between horizontal and vertical.
Spacebar While moving objects, toggles automatic wiring.
Shift-click Undoes last point where you set a wire.
Ctrl-click input on function with two inputs Switches the two input wires.
Text
Double-click Selects a single word in a string.
Triple-click Selects an entire string.
Ctrl-Right arrow Moves forward in string by one word when using text that has characters that use single bytes, such as Western character sets. Moves forward in string by one character when using text that has characters that use multiple bytes, such as Asian character sets.
Ctrl-Left arrow Moves backward in string by one word when using text that has characters that use single bytes, such as Western character sets. Moves backward in string by one character when using text that has characters that use multiple bytes, such as Asian character sets.
Home Moves to the beginning of the current line in a string.
End Moves to the end of the current line in a string.
Ctrl-Home Moves to the beginning of the entire string.
Ctrl-End Moves to the end of the entire string.
Shift-Enter Adds new items when entering items in enumerated type controls and constants, ring controls and constants, or Case structures. In string constants, press the <Shift-Enter> keys on the keyboard to disable autosizing if it is enabled. If autosizing is disabled, press the <Shift-Enter> keys on the keyboard to display a scroll bar in the constant.
Ctrl-Shift-Enter Duplicates the visible subdiagram of a Case structure when editing the text of the case selector label.
Esc Cancels current edit in a string.
Ctrl-Enter Ends text entry.
Ctrl-= Increases the current font size.
Ctrl-- Decreases the current font size.
Ctrl-0 Displays the Font Style dialog box.
Ctrl-1 Changes to the Application font in the Font Style dialog box.
Ctrl-2 Changes to the System font in the Font Style dialog box.
Ctrl-3 Changes to the Dialog font in the Font Style dialog box.
Ctrl-4 Changes to the current font in the Font Style dialog box.

 

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