LabVIEW 2012 Getting Started Window

Aug 14th, 2012 by Christina in LabVIEW

When you first launch LabVIEW 2012, you’ll see a Welcome pane with resources for learning about LabVIEW and the new features in this version.

  • The first link is for the NI LabVIEW Skills Guide, which I mentioned in an earlier post.
  • The second is for the list of new features.
  • The third link is a new Help topic that guides you through the recommended process for upgrading your VIs to the latest version of LabVIEW.

Initial Appearance

After you close the Welcome pane (and you can uncheck the Show on launch box if you don’t want it to appear every time you launch LabVIEW), you’ll see the redesigned Getting Started window:

There are two basic points of entry: do you want to create a project or open an existing file?

Note that we are strongly encouraging everyone to work in projects. However, New VI is still in the menu if you need it.

Along the bottom, you have resources and news. Click on the links to bring up the Find Drivers and Add-ons pane, the Community and Support pane, or the Welcome pane (which you saw on first launch).

Recent Items

After you create a project or open files, the Getting Started window will display recently-used items.

If you want to see more items, you can resize the entire window. If you want to keep items from “falling off” the list, you can pin them by mousing over them and clicking the pin button that appears.

I hope you enjoy using the new Getting Started window!


  • can i see the ‘project path including project name’ instead of the project name?

  • If you mouse over an item in the recent files list, the tip strip will show the full path of the item. Also, if you have more than one item with the same name, the list will display the full paths so that you can differentiate them.


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