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Why does Visual Studio 2005 not always show "step into" or "step out-of" buttons for debugging C#?

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Sometimes when I debug a C# program in Visual Studio 2005, the debugger displays a "Step Into" and a "Step Out-of" button; sometimes (on different solution), it displays only the "Step Over" button.
I cannot seem to find an option that controls this.
Can you please tell me how to always display all 3 single-step buttons?
Thanks, Ken
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You can only 'step into' code if the Source code for the routine to be 'stepped into' is loaded into the IDE.  If it is not loaded, then the code will already have been compiled into a DLL, and you cannot step into code in a DLL.
 
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Even if the DLL was created as part of the same solution?  All the source files are right there.
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In the Debug tool bar at the right end you will see an arrow facing downward. Click on the arrow, this will open a menu, select "Add/Remove Buttons", then select "Debug", This will display all the debug buttons. You can select or unselect the step-in, step-out, step-over buttons to be displayed on the tool bar.

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attached is the snap shot of menu
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by:kenfhenderson
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Thanks for the pointer to that drop-down menu.
When I opened it up and selected Debug, it had no entries for step-into or step-out-of to check or uncheck.
However, I was able to use the customize option to drag the two desired buttons onto the debug toolbar. (see attached screenshot file)
Thanks for the clue.
Cheers, Ken

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Happy that you figured it out. You are welcome
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