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Debug Tool Window. Watches

In the Watches pane you can evaluate any number of variables or expressions in the context of the current stack frame. The values are updated with each step through the application, and become visible every time the application is suspended.

The Watches pane shows multiple expressions that persist from one debug session to another, until you remove them.

Watch expressions are always evaluated in the context of a stack frame that is currently inspected in the Frames pane. If an expression cannot be evaluated, it is displayed with a question mark.

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add Alt+Insert Click this button to create a new watch.
delete Alt+Delete Click this button to remove the selected watch from the list.

Context menu options

New Watch Insert Choose this command to create a new watch. A text field opens, where you can enter new watch expression.
Remove Watch Delete Choose this command to delete the currently selected watch expression from the list.
Edit F2 Choose this command to change the selected watch expression.
Remove All WatchesChoose this command to delete all watch expressions from the list.
InspectAvailable for fields, local variables and reference expressions. Choose this command to open the Inspect window for the node, which allows you to perform the same operations as those available in the stack frame, with the only difference that the root node is the one you have selected. You can recursively call the new Inspect windows from within each other. Each window is not modal and immediately reflects all changes in its subtree.
Jump to Source F4 This command opens the source code of the selected variable or field in the editor and places the caret on a proper line.
Copy Value Ctrl+C Copies the selected node value to the clipboard.
Copy NameCopies the selected node name to the clipboard.

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Last modified: 12 July 2016