How to: Import and Export Breakpoints

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You can export breakpoints from a Visual Studio project to an XML file by using the Breakpoints window. Later, you can import the breakpoints from the XML file back into Visual Studio.XML files enable easy sharing of breakpoints between projects and developments. You can import and export breakpoints to transfer them between projects or to e-mail an XML file to a coworker. You can also make bulk changes to breakpoints by using a text editor to modify the XML file.

To export all breakpoints that match the current search criteria

  1. In the Breakpoints window toolbar, click the Export all breakpoints matching current search criteria icon.

    The Save As dialog box appears.

  2. In the Save As dialog box, type a name in the File name box.

    This is the name of the XML file that will contain the exported breakpoints.

  3. Note the folder path shown at the top of the dialog box. To save the XML file to a different location, change the folder path shown in that box, or click Browse Folders to browse for a new location.

  4. Click Save.

    For instructions on how to set the search criteria, see How to: Search the Breakpoints List.

To export selected breakpoints

  1. In the Breakpoints window, select the breakpoints you want to export.

    To select multiple breakpoints, hold down the CTRL key and click additional breakpoints.

  2. Right-click in the breakpoints list, and choose Export selected.

    The Save As dialog box appears.

  3. In the Save As dialog box, type a name in the File name box.

    This is the name of the XML file that will contain the exported breakpoints.

  4. The folder path is shown at the top of the dialog box. To save the XML file to a different location, change the folder path shown in that box, or click Browse Folders to browse for a new location.

  5. Click Save.

To import breakpoints

  1. In the Breakpoints window toolbar, click the Import breakpoints from a file icon.

    The Open dialog box appears.

  2. In the Open dialog box, browse to the directory where your file is located, and then type the file name or select the file from the file list.

  3. Click OK.

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