LabVIEW 2010 Help Links for Controls

Aug 23rd, 2010 by Christina in "Hidden" Features, LabVIEW

I don’t think I can do a better job of showing off the top new features of LabVIEW 2010 than the official New Features in NI LabVIEW 2010 page or Darren’s nuggets.

So instead I’ll share a small enhancement that you may sometimes find handy.

Have you ever needed to refresh your memory (or teach someone else) the differences between the various LabVIEW graphs and charts? Or what data shapes (arrays, clusters, arrays of clusters, etc.) a graph accepts and how it displays them?

You know it’s all described in the Help, but it’s hard to find the right topic for a particular type of graph or chart, right?

Well, in LabVIEW 2010 you can use the Context Help window, mouse over a control and see a “Detailed Help” link that will take you to the help topic for that type of control.

The link only appears when the VI is in edit mode because the context help on a running VI belongs to you, for whatever description of the control you want to provide for the operator of your VI.


  • It should be pointed out that the information was available in the CH in earlier versions as well, but it was only available if you looked at the diagram terminal (where, frankly, this info is more useful). Also, older versions didn’t have the link to the more detailed help.

  • Yair,

    Yes, the context help for the diagram terminal had (and still has) a summary of the data shape information (which I think of like a Quick Reference Card), but the help topics do a better job of teaching people which type of graph/chart they should use for a given application. Also, I should note that the “Detailed Help” link is available on the diagram terminal context help (as well as the front panel control context help) in LV2010.


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