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Stepping Through the Program

When a breakpoint is reached or your program is suspended, the Debug tool window becomes active and enables you to get control over the program's execution. For this purpose, you can use the Run menu commands, or the icons on the stepping toolbar of in the Debug tool window.

Each stepping action advances the execution point to the next execution location, depending on the action you choose.

Stepping through the program

  • Use the buttons in the stepping toolbar of the Debug tool window:


  • On the main Run menu, or on the editor's context menu, choose one of the stepping commands

  • Use the keyboard shortcuts.

Tips and tricks

  • The Force Step Into command icons debugger actions force step into enables you to step into a method of a class not to be stepped into.
    The classes, stepping into which is suppressed, are specified on the Debugger. Stepping page of the Settings/Preferences dialog box.

  • The Force Step Over command icons debugger actions force step over enables you to jump over the method call ignoring the breakpoints on the way.

  • The Force Run to Cursor command icons debugger actions force run to cursor enables you to jump to the cursor position ignoring existing breakpoints on the way.

  • Step Into My Code command step into my code helps skip stepping into library sources and keep focused on your own code.

Last modified: 21 November 2018

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