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step by step global/local variable debugging

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Last Modified: 2014-08-18

I can run a c file using

visual 2013 express which can be downloaded at  http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=40787.

but how can I see global/local variables variables

only thing I can do is run .c file

I would like step by step debugging
please do not recommend eclipse or netbeans because those are different experts exchange questions which I can not get to work
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>> I would like step by step debugging
>> how can I see global/local variables variables

Take a look at this article to see if you can follow these steps. If you get stuck on a step, then let me know. Below, I've listed a few keyboard commands that may help you get started even if you do not read the article.

1. Building Program with Symbolic Debugging
  1.1. Building in Debug Mode
  1.2. Building a C Program
2. Program Navigation
  2.1. Breakpoints
  2.2. Starting the Program and Hitting Breakpoints
  2.3. Stepping Through the Program
  2.4. Setting the Next Statement to Execute
  2.5. Caveat: Console Interaction with Debugger
3. Examining and Modifying Variable Values
  3.1. Mouse Hovering Reveals Values and Structure
  3.2. Quick Watch
  3.3. Autos and Locals Tab
  3.4. Modifying a Variable Value
4. Command Line Arguments
5. Stopping the debugger

Summary of Keyboard Commands Used in this Article
F5   – Start Debugging; or continue Debugging
F10 – Step over next line
F11 – Step into function or method
F9   – Set/Unset Breakpoint

<Ctrl+Shift+F5> –  Restart Program Debugging
<Ctrl+Shift+F10> –  Set position of next statement to execute

After you feel comfortable with the article in my previous post, you may wish to learn more about special features in setting breakpoints to make your debugging experience more productive. If so, read this article:

1.  Conditional Breakpoints
2.  Hit Count Breakpoints
3.  Touch and Go Breakpoints (a.k.a. Tracepoints)
4.  Exception Breakpoints

  4.1.  Change How the Debugger Handles an Exception
  4.2.   Adding a User Defined Exception
  4.3.   Breaking on a User Defined Exception
5.  Run To Cursor (Create a Temporary Breakpoint)
6.  List of Breakpoints

You may be surprised how easy it is to learn to use the Visual Studio Express debugger.


I read the 3 articles and
I got the debugger working
how can I be sure I am doing the debugging for c (instead of c++)
is creating a .c file in the source directory ensure that I am using c debugger

>> is creating a .c file in the source directory ensure that I am using c debugger
Yes, provided that all the files in your project have a .c extension (or header extension).
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I change project properties
c++ folder
compile as c code

and I will post errors in future questions or stick with just .c filenames which is your other solution


Your choice as to how to force C-language using VS 2013.
At the workplace, we have never changed properties. We always use the .c extension for C source. This is a VS quirk. In Linux, you better explicitly pick the right compiler which doesn't care what the extension is.

I suggest to start with C++ istead of C. (I know I may be fried in a flamewar, but I believe C++11 is better for beginners than the plain C. And you can do everything that you can with C.)

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