Important Debugging Shortcuts of Visual Studio 2019

Important Debugging Shortcuts of Visual Studio 2019 1

In this blog post, we will learn about the important debugging shortcuts of Visual Studio 2019 which comes really handy while debugging an application and also helps to increase productivity.

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List of Debugging Shortcuts of Visual Studio 2019

  1. Start Debugging: F5
  2. Stop Debugging: Shift + F5
  3. Restart Debugging: Ctrl + Shift + F5
  4. Step Over: F10
  5. Step Into: F11
  6. Step Out: Shift + F11
  7. Set Next Statement: Ctrl + Shift + F10
  8. Set and Toggle Breakpoint: F9
  9. Enable or Disable Breakpoint: Ctrl + F9

Start Debugging: F5

The F5 shortcut starts the debugging of the application and may or may not invoke the following operations

Debugging Shortcuts of Visual Studio 2019: Start Debugging F5
Debugging Shortcuts of Visual Studio 2019: Start Debugging F5
  • If there is any code change in the project after the previous build was generated, then first the build operation is triggered and then the debugging will start.
  • If any breakpoint is applied before the application waits for any user input, then the application will break at that line of code.

Stop Debugging: Shift + F5

The Shift + F5 shortcut stops the current debugging session. The shortcut option is not available if the application is started in the “Start without Debugging” mode.

Restart Debugging: Ctrl + Shift + F5

The Ctrl + Shift + F5 shortcut restarts the debugging session. The shortcut stops the current session and starts a new one immediately. The shortcut option is not available if the application is started in the “Start without Debugging” mode.

Step Over: F10

The F10 shortcut can be used for two purposes, first and the most common use is to step over a line, the underlying line of code is executed and the debugger pointer moves to the next line.

Debugging Shortcuts of Visual Studio 2019 Step Over F10
Debugging Shortcuts of Visual Studio 2019: Step Over F10

The second use of the shortcut is to start the debugging session and breaks at the first line of code where the application starts, for example, the main method

Step Into: F11

If the current line of code under the debugger pointer contains any method, then pressing the F11 key will move the debugger pointer into the first line of the method. If the line contains no method in it, then the current line will be executed and the pointer will move to the next statement performing just like the “Step Over” function.

Debugging Shortcuts of Visual Studio 2019: Step Into F11
Debugging Shortcuts of Visual Studio 2019: Step Into F11

The other function of this shortcut is to start the debugging session and breaks at the first line of code where the application starts, for example, the main method

Step Out: Shift + F11

This shortcut will execute all the statements in the method where the debugger is currently present and return back to the line where the method is called.

Debugging Shortcuts of Visual Studio 2019: Step Out: Shift+F11
Debugging Shortcuts of Visual Studio 2019: Step Out: Shift+F11

Set Next Statement: Ctrl + Shift + F10

Many times while debugging it is required to skip certain lines of code or go back to the previously executed line and start executing from the selected line. This can be done by dragging the debugger pointer to that particular line or by using the placing the cursor to that line and using the Ctrl + Shift + F10 shortcut key. Therefore, the shortcut places the debugger point to the selected line of code.

Debugging Shortcuts of Visual Studio 2019: Set Next Statement Ctrl + Shift + F10
Debugging Shortcuts of Visual Studio 2019: Set Next Statement Ctrl + Shift + F10

Set and Toggle Breakpoint: F9

This shortcut comes really handy to toggle a breakpoint at the current line of code where the cursor is present.

Debugging Shortcuts of Visual Studio 2019: Toggle Breakpoint F9
Debugging Shortcuts of Visual Studio 2019: Toggle Breakpoint F9

Enable or Disable Breakpoint: Ctrl + F9

This shortcut is used to disable or enable a breakpoint.

Debugging Shortcuts of Visual Studio 2019: Enable Disable Breakpoint Ctrl+F9
Debugging Shortcuts of Visual Studio 2019: Enable Disable Breakpoint Ctrl+F9

Visual Studio 2019 is full of small great little features that help the user to perform his debugging activities in an easy and efficient way and the post discusses only a few of them. The complete list of Visual Studio 2019 shortcuts can be found at the MSDN link here.

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