items available to refer to. After using LabVIEW, you can
generally hide these windows as they take up a lot of the
work space. Select View > Functions Palette and View >
Tools Palette on the block diagram, and View > Controls
Palette and View > Tools Palette on the front panel. By
selecting Help > Show Context Help, you will be shown a
help window as your cursor hovers over most items on
the front panel and the block diagram; refer to Figure 13.
The palettes you select objects from to place
on your VIs are called the Controls palette on the
front panel and the Functions palette on the block
diagram. Nearly everything you place on either the
front panel or the block diagram will have a
corresponding icon on the other window.
In order to have the VI run continuously on its
own, place a “While Loop” on the block diagram
as shown in Figure 14: Functions > Programming >
Structures > While Loop. You may notice that the
Run arrow icon appears “broken.” This is because
the “Stop” icon in the lower corner of the While
Loop is unconnected. By clicking on the broken
Run arrow icon, you will be prompted or shown
where the error is.
FIGURE 11. FIGURE 12.
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