What’s New for the Debugger in Visual Studio 2015

What’s New for the Debugger in Visual Studio 2015


For information about everything that’s new in Visual Studio 2015 debugging and diagnostics, see Visual Studio 2015 Release Notes.

There are significant UI changes in the Exceptions and Breakpoints UI.


In Visual Studio 2015 there is a new way to configure breakpoints, which is the Breakpoint Settings window.

Here is a summary of the main Breakpoints windows and hotkeys:


Menu Location


New breakpoint, toggle breakpoint

Debug / Toggle Breakpoint

context menu in editor / Insert breakpoint

click in left margin


New function breakpoint

Debug / New Breakpoint / Function Breakpoint

ALT + F9, B

CTRL + B no longer works

Breakpoints window

Debug / Windows / Breakpoints


Breakpoint Settings, Conditions

context menu on the breakpoint / Conditions

ALT + F9, C

Breakpoint Settings, Actions

context menu on the breakpoint / Actions

No hotkey

For more information, see the following articles:

  1. Using Breakpoints

  2. New Breakpoint Configuration Experience

  3. Breakpoint Configuration Experience

Exception Settings

The new Exception Settings window allows you to specify the kind of exception handling you want for single exceptions or categories of exceptions.


Menu Location


Exception Settings window

Debug / Windows / Exception Settings


For more information, see the following articles:

  1. Managing Exceptions with the Debugger

  2. The New Exceptions Window

Edit and Continue

In Visual Studio 2015, you can set Edit and Continue in the Tools / Options / Debugging / General page. In previous versions, these settings were in a separate options category.

Attach to Process

In Visual Studio 2015 the Attach to Process command is available only from the Debug menu. In previous version it had been available from the Tools menu as well. The CTRL + ALT + P hotkey works in all versions.

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