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This video explains seventeen essential LabVIEW keyboard shortcuts that speed up programming in LabVIEW. Here, at Austin Consultants UK, we use these shortcuts (and other tricks, stay tuned for that) extensively. The shortcuts are:

1. Ctrl-E: Toggle between front panel and block diagram
2. Ctrl-T: Tile front panel and block diagram
3. Ctrl-B: Delete all broken wires
4. Ctrl-R: Run VI
5. ESC: Stop VI
6. Ctrl-drag: Copy functions, subVIs, front panel objects
7. Ctrl-drag rectangle: Create space on block diagram or front panel
8. Ctrl-Z: Undo; Ctrl-Shift-Z: Redo
9. Ctrl-H: Toggle context help window
10. Ctrl-Shift-A: Align objects
11. Ctrl-I: View VI properties window
12. Ctrl-W: Close VI
13. Ctrl-Shift-W: List all windows
14. Double-click to select word
15. Triple-click to select all text
16. Home, End, Ctrl-Home, Ctrl-End, Ctrl-←, Ctrl-→
17. Shift-right click: View tool selection box; Shift-tab: Select the auto-tool

Programmers who are working towards passing the CLAD, or those with less than two years experience in LabVIEW, will probably find this video useful.

All the shortcuts can be found in the following excellent LabVIEW Quick Reference Guide from National Instruments:http://www.ni.com/pdf/manuals/373353c.pdf. If you want to master the keyboard shortcuts, it is a good idea to print the shortcuts list on pages 2 and 3 and have it at hand when programming.

Author Bio

Petru Tarabuta

Petru Tarabuta

Placement Student

Petru is studying towards a masters of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Sheffield. He did a twelve month industrial placement with National Instruments between his second and third years at university where he provided technical support to customers on the whole range of NI products. During his placement, Petru passed the CLD and CTD exams, becoming the first placement student at NI UK to hold both certifications. Returning to university after his placement, Petru organised and taught LabVIEW Core 1 and Core 2 courses at the University of Sheffield, which resulted in 17 students passing the Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer exam. Petru has studied an online Machine Learning course offered by Stanford University and has been interested in Artificial Intelligence ever since. Petru joined us for a 6 week placement over the summer of 2015.