Execute custom code while debugging in Visual Studio with the Immediate Window

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The Immediate Window allows to execute code while debugging. Here is how you do it.

You just hit a debugger breakpoint and want to execute some custom code that is not part of the actual code base? The Immediate Window is your friend ?

Open it with the menu Debugging, then select Windows, and finally choose Immediate Window.

Type your code and press enter, it will be executed immediately.

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Be aware that you can only use imported namespaces. So if your compiler snapshot doesn’t contain an import for System.Collections.Generic, you can’t use IEnumerable<T>.

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