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Is there a way to quickly see the call stack for a function when you're not in run time in Visual Studio?  It would be nice to hover inside a method and see the different places it coud be called from instantly.
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I assume you mean that you want to see the call stack as if you hit a breakpoint in a function while you use a control in design time? Though you don't mention whether this is for a usercontrol in ASP.NET or for a windows forms usercontrol, in both cases it is needed that your control is inside a separate project, i.e., a class library. Select debug build and assign the debug version to your forms project.

Then you simply add a breakpoint and the breakpoint will be hit.

I'm not entirely sure, but I do remember that something like Debbugger.Break() (on the line where you want your breakpoint) also worked when it wasn't in a separate project, but I'm not entirely sure.

-- Abel --
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Btw: it is always possible to use reflection to dynamically call the stack (or raise + catch an exception and use the ex.stackTrace) and log that to a file. This will also work when the usercontrol is inside the current project. It will, however, not work with Debug.WriteLine or Console.WriteLine. Why not is beyond me, but these only work when you put it in a separate project.

Incidentally, I'm working on an in-depth article that describes design time vs user/run time on my blog, because if you need to run code based on one of these conditions, Control.DesignTime will not always give what you want.
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Right click on the Method Name and select "Find All References".  Then you should find the "Find Symbol Results" Panel down below with a Tree of every "reference" to the thing you searched for.  Double click on each entry to jump there in the code.

Here is an example of what it might look like:
FindAllReferences.jpg
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Is that a stack, Idle? (just wondering)
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A stack?...definitely not.  =)

I think NigelRocks is just using the wrong terminology.

I was going off his description of what he wanted:

    "It would be nice to hover inside a method and see the different places it coud be called from instantly."

The "Find All References" search results will show all the different places in the code where the method is being called.
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Idle_Mind, maybe I didn't word things right, so I gave you points anyway.  I've been using the "find all references" and found it somewhat helpful, but what I was really look for is an order of execution without being in run-time.  Why?  I suppose it's because I'm just too damn lazy to hit "F5" on my keyboard.
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