An old, stable version of PicoScope 7 is required for this course. Download it here:
Instructions... You should be able to install it without uninstalling the latest software. It will install to: C:\Program Files (x86)\Pico Technology\PicoScope 7 Automotive Stable\ Create a desktop shortcut to PicoScope.exe in that folder so that you can access it easily.
We apologise for the inconvenience.

Install and Start Using PicoScope 7

You only need PicoScope 7 for this tutorial, which works on all supported systems (Windows, Mac and Linux).

Install PicoScope 7 Stable Version.

Start the PicoScope 7 Automotive Software.

As mentioned previously, we started preparing these pages using the Early Access Version but please use the Stable Version until the problem with the Demo Device Waveforms in the Early Access Version is fixed.

PicoScope 7 Select Demo Mode

The Software will ask you to select the Demo Device or an Automotive PicoScope, if you have one. If you do have an Automotive PicoScope, and it is attached to your computer, it may start up automatically, so you should unplug it first.

Select the Demo Device and click OK.

Guided Tests Window

Close the Guided Tests Window.

By default, PicoScope displays the Guided Tests Menu (Automotive Testing with PicoScope) when you start. We will discuss these features elsewhere on this website but not in this tutorial, so please close that window. You can always re-open it by clicking the "Guided tests" icon at the top.

Factory, Last Session and User Settings

Click Settings, Choose Factory Settings and then Restart PicoScope 7.

If you have just installed PicoScope 7 software for the first time or if it is already set to Factory Settings then you can skip this step.

Alternatively, if the PicoScope 7 software has been in use before, then the settings may have changed. It may help you to reset it to factory defaults and then restart. Click the More... button and then choose Settings (you might have to scroll down to see it). If Start-up settings is not factory then:

Click Settings and Choose Last Session.

Once you have reset the software, you might want to change the Start-up Settings to "Last Session" so that PicoScope 7 remembers where you were if you need to close down. We recommend that you choose this whilst doing this course.


When you start using PicoScope in your workshop, you can save a number of configurations - e.g. a configuration for checking injectors, another for relative compression, etc. to allow you to quickly change to a new test setup. You can use the Save Icon at the top to save the scope setup and to save the current waveform. Once you have clicked the Save Icon, you can choose the File Type to save.

If you enter all the required info, you can also upload your waveform to the PicoScope Waveform Library for PicoScope to share your waveform and comments on it with PicoScope Users around the World.

PicoScope 7 Demo Mode Open

Your display should be similar to the image above, but if your display is not exactly the same, don't worry, you can change settings easily to correct it.

Settings, Light and Dark Mode

Click Settings, Choose Light or Dark Mode.

One of the new features is Dark Mode. Light Mode is the default. Feel free to choose Light or Dark Mode, whichever you prefer. You can select either the Dark or Light Theme in the Settings Menu Panel by clicking on the "More..." Icon (below the four channels A through D). The More Panel is displayed to the right. Find the Settings Icon. You can scroll down if you can't see it on your screen.

Landscape View

We recommend using a desktop computer to view this website, but when using a cell phone, landscape view might be easier to read.

PicoScope Light Mode Theme

Choosing commonly used Controls

Click More, Try clicking the stars to move items to and from the main menu.

Click the More... icon to open the More Menu Panel and notice the star next to the icons in it. Then click on one of the stars, and it will be highlighted (filled in) and the associated icon will be displayed in the main menu (with the "More..." icon you clicked). If you click the star again it will be un-highlighted and associated icon will be removed from the main menu panel, but it will still be available in the More Menu Panel. Move features you use most often to the Main Menu Panel.

Moving the Side Panel Left and Right

Click Settings, Try moving the panel left and right.

Click on the Settings Icon and you can set up PicoScope. The settings panel appears again. You can now move the side panels to the right.

If you click outside the Settings Panel, e.g., on the display area, the panel will disappear. That is the easiest method to regain the screen space used by any open panel.

Running and Stopped Button

Click Click the Running / Stopped Button and try using the Space Bar to control the Scope.

Notice at the top left of the screen, above the channels, there is a button which is green when the PicoScope is running and red when the PicoScope has stopped. You can stop and start the scope whenever you like by clicking this button. If, whilst you are experimenting, the scope doesn't seem to run properly, you can try stopping and starting using this button. You can also use the space bar to stop and start when the PicoScope 7 window is selected.

Maximise the Waveform Display Area

Use F11 to toggle Full Screen Mode for the Waveform Area.

Often it helps to remove all menus and other distractions so that you can focus on the waveform. Use the F11 key to maximise the waveform display to fill the entire monitor. Use F11 agan to restore.

Click next to find out how to set up your PicoScope Channels.

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