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Internet Explorer "Developer Tools" -- How to enable the 'Add Watch Variable' to the Watch Pane again?

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In the Internet Explorer "Developer Tools" tool screen -- How do I enable the option to 'Add Watch Variable' to the Watch Pane again (or show the textbox to type in a watch variable)?

I generally do dev in Firefox, but then run my code in IE to make it works for the rest of the internal customers at work, and I just saw the Internet Explorer's "Developer Tools" (F12) option, which apparently is now supposed to work almost as well as Firefox's Firebug.

Problem: I was clicking around and was initially able to "Add as watch variable" by right-clicking, but now I do Not see that option anymore.  I do not have the capability to "type in a watch variable" in the "watch pane" either (no "add"  text nor a blank box to type in a variable, like I see in the documentation).  I searched online in MSDN, but it never mentions how I might have disabled it (or how to re-enable it).   I tried it While debugging and while stopped.  I'm fairly certain I inadvertently disabled this (but how?), since I DID add variables on the right side before I started clicking around the menu. (I did re-start IE and still no good).  When I right-click in my Script pane over some code, the pop-up just shows "Insert Breakpoint, Select All, and Copy" as options; it does not have the "Add as watch variable".

The tool is rather useless at this point, since I can't even "hover" over a variable in my Script pane to see its value (like in Firebug), so I 'need' to be able to add Watch Variables to the right-side pane.

Please advice. Thanks.
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Are you able to hover over the variable and Right click to Add to the Watch Pane?

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Sorry for my last post I jumped the gun. Scroll down to Inspecting variables and see if this helps any.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd565625(VS.85).aspx

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I'm trying to determine what the difference is .... as I can sometimes (now) see the option, and other times I cannot.  Klugey tool, this "Developer Tools" option for IE (it obviously has not been nearly as well tested and thought-out as Firefox's Firebug tool).
Anyone have other ideas on how to get the option back (to stay)?
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