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In this section, you will learn about the LabVIEW environment.

When you launch LabVIEW, the navigation dialog box appears that includes introductory material and common commands.

LabVIEW Dialog Box

The LabVIEW dialog box includes the following components:

  • A menu with standard items such as File>>Exit .
  • A set of buttons for creating and opening VIs, configuring data acquisition devices, and finding helpful information.
    • Click the New button to create a new VI. Click the arrow on the New button to choose to open a blank VI or to open the New dialog box.
    • Click the Open button to open an existing VI. Click the arrow on the Open button to open recent files.
    • Click the Configure button to configure your data acquisition devices. Click the arrow on the Configure button to configure LabVIEW.
    • Click the Help button to launch the LabVIEW Help . Click the arrow on the Help button for other Help options, including the NI Example Finder .

Creating and saving a vi

When you click the New button in the LabVIEW dialog box, the New dialog box appears. You also can select File>>New to display this dialog box. When you select a template in the Create new list, previews of the VI appear in the Front panel preview and the Block diagram preview sections, and a description of the template appears in the Description section. shows the New dialog box and the SubVI with Error Handling VI template.

New Dialog Box

Click the OK button to open the template. You also can double-click the name of the template VI in the Create new list to open the template. If no template is available for the task you want to create, you canstart with a blank VI and create a VI to accomplish the specific task. In the LabVIEW dialog box, click the arrow on the New button and select Blank VI from the shortcut menu or press the Ctrl-N keys to open a blank VI.

You also can open a blank VI by selecting Blank VI from the Create new list in the New dialog box or by selecting File>>New VI .


Use the New dialog box to create different components in LabVIEW to help you build an application. Youcan start with a blank VI to write a VI from scratch, or start with a template to simplify the programming. The New dialog box includes the following components:

  • Create new

    Displays templates you can use to start building VIs and other LabVIEW documents. Selectfrom the following templates and click the OK button to start building a VI or other LabVIEW document.
    • Blank vi

      Opens a blank front panel and blank block diagram.
    • Vi from template

      Opens a front panel and block diagram with components you need to builddifferent types of VIs.
    • Other document types

      Opens the tools you use to build other LabVIEW objects.
  • Browse for template

    Displays the Browse dialog box so you can navigate to a VI, control, or template. If you previously have browsedfor and selected a template from this dialog box, use the pull-down menu of the Browse button to select a template to reopen it.
  • Front panel preview

    Displays the front panel for the VI template you selected in the Create new list.
  • Block diagram preview

    Displays the block diagram for the VI template you selected in the Create new list.
  • Description

    Displays a description of the template you selected in the Create new list if the template includes a description.

Questions & Answers

Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
On having this app for quite a bit time, Haven't realised there's a chat room in it.
what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
Sanket Reply
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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