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Adding auto-populated folders adds a directory on disk to the project. LabVIEW continuously monitors and updates the folder according to changes made in the project and on disk. A blue folder icon with a yellow cylinder identifies this type of folder.
Complete the following steps to add an auto-populated folder to the project.
|Note (macOS and Linux) LabVIEW does not support the use of symbolic links for files in auto-populating folders on macOS or Linux operating systems.|
You also can use the Convert to Auto-populating Folder method to add an auto-populating folder to the project programmatically.
|Tip You can arrange items on the Items page. Right-click a folder and select Arrange by»Name from the shortcut menu to arrange items in alphabetical order. Right-click a folder and select Arrange by»Type from the shortcut menu to arrange items by file type. Right-click a folder and select Arrange by»Path from the shortcut menu to arrange items by file path.|
To disconnect an auto-populated folder from disk, right-click the auto-populated folder on the Items page and select Stop Auto-populating from the shortcut menu. LabVIEW disconnects the folder from the corresponding folder on disk. This option is available only to top-level folders and applies recursively to subfolders of auto-populated folders.
You also can use the Stop Auto-populating method to disconnect an auto-populating folder from disk programmatically.
|Note The project displays project library contents by library hierarchy and not by disk organization. For example, if a VI exists in a project library file (.lvlib) the VI appears in the project under the library file. The VI does not appear in the project in its location on disk. Similarly, an auto-populated folder cannot contain a virtual folder unless the virtual folder is within a library hierarchy.|
A virtual folder is a folder in the project that organizes project items and does not represent files on disk. A silver folder icon identifies this type of folder.
Complete the following steps to add a virtual folder to the project.
|Note A virtual folder does not update in the project if you make changes to the directory on disk.|
You can convert a virtual folder to an auto-populated folder. Right-click the virtual folder and select Convert to Auto-populating Folder to display a file dialog box. Select a folder on disk to auto-populate with. An auto-populating folder appears in the project. LabVIEW automatically renames the virtual folder to match the disk folder and adds all contents of the disk folder to the project. If items in the directory already exist in the project, the items move within the auto-populating folder. Items in the virtual folder that do not exist in the directory on disk move to the target.
You also can convert virtual folders into LabVIEW project libraries. Right-click a virtual folder under a target and select Convert to Library from the shortcut menu.
Create new virtual folders to organize project items by right-clicking a target and selecting New»Virtual Folder from the shortcut menu.
You also can use the Add Item method to add a folder to the project programmatically.
A target folder organizes one or more targets and its items in your LabVIEW project. A yellow folder icon with a silver controller identifies this type of folder.
To add a target folder to a LabVIEW project, you must have a module or driver that supports targets installed.
To add a target folder to the project, right-click the project root in the Project Explorer window and select New»Target Folder from the shortcut menu. A target folder appears in the Project Explorer window.