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OutputWindow Interface

Represents the Output window in the integrated development environment (IDE).

Namespace:  EnvDTE
Assembly:  EnvDTE (in EnvDTE.dll)

[GuidAttribute("EAB0A63D-C3A8-496E-9ACF-A82CEF6A43B3")]
public interface OutputWindow

The OutputWindow type exposes the following members.

  NameDescription
Public propertyActivePaneGets the most recently active pane in the OutputWindow.
Public propertyDTEGets the top-level extensibility object.
Public propertyOutputWindowPanesGets the OutputWindowPanes collection for the OutputWindow object.
Public propertyParentGets the immediate parent object of an OutputWindow object.
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The Output window displays text output for various IDE tools. It is possible that each tool might use a different output window pane. Panes are selected with a drop-down box at the top of the window. For example, build errors go to the Build Errors pane, and each external command tool potentially goes to its own distinct output window pane.

Sub OutputWindowExample()
   ' Create a tool window handle for the Output window.
   Dim win As Window = DTE.Windows.Item(EnvDTE.Constants.vsWindowKindOutput)
   ' Create handles to the Output window and its panes.
   Dim OW As OutputWindow = win.Object
   Dim OWp As OutputWindowPane

   ' Add a new pane to the Output window.
   OWp = OW.OutputWindowPanes.Add("A New Pane")
   ' Add a line of text to the new pane.
   OWp.OutputString("Some Text")
End Sub
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