The Visual Micro Explorer
The Visual Micro Explorer is a powerful browser and control center for any kind of
information concerning Arduino.
- To open the Micro Explorer, click on the
on the Visual Micro toolbar or choose vMicro > Visual
Micro Explorer in the menu
The Micro Explorer window opens. Click on one of the tabs 1 to show the
If you have multiple platforms installed -e.g. multiple versions of the
Arduino IDE-, then select the right platform first in the platform
selection box 2.
These are Micro Explorer's panes and their contents:
Shows the list of installed boards and libraries for a given
Shows a table of contents of the language documentation available
Click on an item to jump directly to its documentation page.
Shows a list of example source files provided by your platform.
Click on an example to load it as a project (either the original or a
copy) or click on a single source file to open it in your IDE.
If you click on the example's name 1,
then a Visual Studio/Atmel Studio project will be created
If you click on the source file's name
2, then this
source file will open, without creating a project.
Read more about working with examples below
Lets you install development platforms for
additional boards. (Read more
available if you have Arduino IDE 1.6.4 or newer installed.
Lets you install and deinstall libraries
from various vendors. (Read more
Shows a "What's new" page that gives you the newest information
about Visual Micro.
"Configure", "Rescan" and links
The Configure button opens the
, where you can
configure the installed IDEs on your PC.
Use the Rescan button to refresh the tree display, if you have
changed anything on your configuration outside of Visual Micro.
Provides a number of useful links that open
Windows Explorer showing folders on your PC, where platforms, libraries etc. are stored.
The "Install xxx from ZIP" links allow you to install libraries or board platforms from a locally downloaded ZIP rather that by directly downloading
them from a web source.
With this toggle switch you, can show or hide the Visual Micro documentation.
Working with examples
In the "Examples" tab above, you can easily open or copy examples to your
Simply click on an example...
and the following window appears:
Creates a new project as a copy of the
example in a subfolder named "MyExamples" in your Arduino sketch
Opens the example as a project in its original location. With this option you can modify the example source files
Use this option only if you intend to change the examples
themselves. Opening a copy (see above) is safer if you want to leave
the example files untouched.
Opens a subtree under the example where
you can pick a single source file and open it:
Visual Micro opens the original file, not a copy.
Save the file immediately under a different name before modifying
it, unless you intend
to modify the original file.