I Cannot Open the Block Diagram of My Executable When Trying to Debug it.

Updated Sep 16, 2020

Reported In


  • LabVIEW



  • LabVIEW
Operating System
  • Windows


Issue Details

I am trying to debug my executable, however, after connecting to the debugger I cannot open the block diagram to check what is going on when the program is running. When I right click on the front panel no option shows up to open the block diagram. The keyboard shortcuts Ctrl + E (Show Block Diagram) and Ctrl + T (Tile Left and Right) are not working neither.


  1. When setting up the debugger, make sure to follow the steps listed on the article Remotely Debugging Executables in LabVIEW.
  2. Open the VI and go to File >> VI properties. Select the Window Appearance category and check if you are using a customized window appearance. If this is the case, click the Customize... button and make sure that the options Show menu bar and Allow default run-time shortcut menus are checked and build the executable again.

Additional Information

  • If the option Allow default run-time shortcut menus is not checked, none of the default run-time shortcut menus will be displayed when right clicking any front panel element. Therefore, you will not be able to open the block diagram by right clicking on the front panel and selecting Window >> Show Block Diagram.
  • The functions Show Block Diagram and Tile Left and Right are part of the menu bar. Therefore, if the menu bar is disabled, the keyboard shortcuts of these two functions will be disabled as well.