The MPLAB® Xpress IDE shares many of the same features as the full featured MPLAB® X IDE. Here we have provided for you an interactive summary of the features in the Xpress IDE showing the five main sections to understand and use when developing a project.
The main toolbar is the primary method of accessing and building MPLAB® Xpress Projects
Click on an icon to jump to its description.
File ▶ New File…
Creates a new file with the New File wizard.
File ▶ New Project…
Creates a new project with the New Project wizard.
File ▶ Open Project…
Opens an existing project.
File ▶ Save All
Saves all open files.
Edit ▶ Undo
Reverses (one at a time) a series of editor actions (except Save).
Edit ▶ Redo
Reverses a series of Undo commands one at a time.
Run ▶ Build Project
Builds the project using the compiler/assembler selected in the Project Properties. The utility will build only the files in the project that have changed since the last build. Click on down arrow next to it for other related options.
Clean and Build Project
Run ▶ Clean and Build Project
Deletes files from previous builds and then builds the all project files. Click on down arrow next to it for other related options.
Make and Program Target Project
Builds the project and produces a .hex file that will either be downloaded to your computer (Xpress Board) or launches the MPLAB Xpress USB Bridge Tool (Curiosity Board) to programs the PIC® Microcontroller. Click on down arrow for other related options.
Debug ▶ Debug Project (Name)
Builds the project in debug mode (links in the debug executive), programs the target and runs the project on the target using the debugger selected in the project properties.
Shows the current value of the Program Counter when a debug session is running. These may be visible even when a debug session is not active.
The Project Dashboard displays the current status of the project including memory usage, and debug information as well as other useful information.
Double clicking on a file from the Project Window launches the MPLAB® X Editor which opens the source file in the editor window.
The user enters the modifications directly in the window.
MPLAB® Xpress saves all modified files when the project is built. The user can also save any modified files directly by clicking the Save icon in the editor window toolbar.
For details on using the editor click here.
When the user opens a window in order to observe the contents of the project, the window is opened as a tab in this window.
Examples of new windows opening in the output window include the Watches Window, Variables Window, and Debugger Console Window, among others.
During a project build the compiler displays the build status in the Output Window.