When you launch LabVIEW, the Getting Started window appears as shown in Figure 2.3. You can begin in LabVIEW by starting from a blank VI or project, opening an existing VI or project and modifying it, or opening a template from which to begin your new VI or project.
To open a new project from the Getting Started window, select the Empty Project option. A new, unnamed project opens, and you can add files to and save the project.
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To open a new, blank VI that is not associated with a project, select the Blank VI option on the Getting Started window. A blank VI opens a blank front panel and blank block diagram.
To Create a VI or Project from a Template select File» New to display the New dialog box, which lists the built-in VI templates. You also can display the New dialog box by clicking the New link in the Getting Started window.
To open an existing VI select the Browse option in the Getting Started window to navigate to and open an existing VI.
The menus at the top of a VI window contain items common to other applications, such as Open, Save, Copy and Paste, and other items specific to LabVIEW. To save a new VI, select File»Save. If you have already saved your VI, select File»Save As to access the Save As dialog box to create a copy of the VI, or delete the original VI and replace it with the new one.