How To Hide Toolbar in a Running VI Front Panel

Updated Oct 23, 2023



  • LabVIEW

The VI toolbar consists of the tools which used to run VI, pause VI, abort VI, debug VI, configure fonts, and align, group, and distribute objects. Sometimes LabVIEW programmer would like to hide the VI toolbars on the front panel to make it looks clean.
This article shows how to hide the VI toolbar on the front panel of a running VI manually or programmatically.

Manually Hide the VI Toolbar:

  1. Create a new VI, or open an existing VI.
  2. Browse to File>>VI Properties.
  3. Under the Category drop-down menu, select Window Appearance.
  4. Click the Customize button.
  5. Uncheck the Show toolbar when running option.
  6. Click the OK button.
Toolbar Visibility Uncheck.png

Programmatically Hide the VI Toolbar:

  1. Take Current VI's Path function.
  2. Connect it to the Open VI Reference.
  3. Take Property Node function.
  4. Once the Property Node is wired to the Open VI Reference function, left-click on the property and select Tool Bar>>Visible.
  5. Set the property to Write and connect it to a False Constant.
  6. Close the Reference.
Toolbar Visibility 2020.png

Note that only the toolbar on LabVIEW front panel is hidden, the toolbar on LabVIEW block diagram is not. This is an expected behavior as the block diagram is used by default to debug the flow of programming.