Welcome to Benchling!

Benchling is an intuitive system designed to support the day-to-day work of scientists. In this tutorial, we will walk through the major icons on Benchling's Navigation Bar, located on the left side.

Home & Calendar

Open the Home Tab by clicking the Benchling logo button. You will see a summary of Notebook Entry statuses: “Need Revision”, “Need Review”, “Accepted”, and “In Progress”. These statuses refer to the review and witnessing status of particular entries. Learn the review flow in Benchling here.

Below these statuses, you will also see files that you have recently opened.

In Benchling, tabs can expand to display more detailed information. Open the Expanded View of the Home Tab by clicking the Expand button (right-facing arrow) at the top right of the Home Tab. Here, you can view files across all your Projects in daily, biweekly, and monthly views.

You can collapse the Expanded View by clicking Collapse button on the top right of the screen. Clicking on the Home button again will close the Home Tab.


The briefcase button opens the Projects Tab, where you can create new Projects, folders, Notebook Entries, and Protocols.

Just like with the Home Tab, you can open the Expanded View by clicking the Expand button of the Projects Tab. This view allows you to work with files in bulk, view tags, and sort files.


Open the Bioregistry Tab by clicking the Registries button (grid). In the Bioregistry Tab, you can view registered items and customize registry settings. Similarly, you can click on the Expand button to open the Expanded View.

External Data

The folder icon allows you to open External Data Tab and bring external data to Benchling. You can connect your Dropbox, Google Drive, or Egnyte accounts to Benchling by clicking the Create button (plus sign) in the upper-right of the External Data Tab.

Global Create

You can create new files on Benchling by clicking the Global Create button (plus sign) in the Navigation Bar. From here, you can create new files such as Projects, Notebook Entries, DNA and protein sequences, and more.

Global Search

The Global Search button (magnifying glass) on the Navigation Bar allows you to search through all data on Benchling.


Which web browsers should I use?
For the best experience, we recommend using Google Chrome because it automatically updates with new features and security patches. Benchling also supports the current major releases of Firefox and Safari on a rolling basis.

What if I have other questions?
You can chat directly with us! Click on the question button in the bottom right corner of the screen. Click the chat button to send us questions or click the tutorial button to go to Benchling's knowledge base.

What's next?

Now that you know how to navigate Benchling, you might want to check how to:

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