How Do I Add Debug Breakpoints To Lines Displayed In A "Find Results" Window In Visual Studio

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In Visual Studio 2005-2015 it is possible to find all lines containing certain references and display them in a "Find Results" window.

Now that these result lines are displayed, is there any keyboard shortcut that would allow adding debug breakpoints to all of them?



This answer does not work for Visual Studio 2015 or later. A more recent answer can be found here.

You can do this fairly easily with a Visual Studio macro. Within Visual Studio, hit Alt-F11 to open the Macro IDE and add a new module by right-clicking on MyMacros and selecting Add|Add Module...

Paste the following in the source editor:

Imports System
Imports System.IO
Imports System.Text.RegularExpressions
Imports EnvDTE
Imports EnvDTE80
Imports EnvDTE90
Imports System.Diagnostics

Public Module CustomMacros
    Sub BreakpointFindResults()
        Dim findResultsWindow As Window = DTE.Windows.Item(Constants.vsWindowKindFindResults1)

        Dim selection As TextSelection
        selection = findResultsWindow.Selection

        Dim findResultsReader As New StringReader(selection.Text)
        Dim findResult As String = findResultsReader.ReadLine()

        Dim findResultRegex As New Regex("(?<Path>.*?)\((?<LineNumber>\d+)\):")

        While Not findResult Is Nothing
            Dim findResultMatch As Match = findResultRegex.Match(findResult)

            If findResultMatch.Success Then
                Dim path As String = findResultMatch.Groups.Item("Path").Value
                Dim lineNumber As Integer = Integer.Parse(findResultMatch.Groups.Item("LineNumber").Value)

                    DTE.Debugger.Breakpoints.Add("", path, lineNumber)
                Catch ex As Exception
                    ' breakpoints can't be added everywhere
                End Try
            End If

            findResult = findResultsReader.ReadLine()
        End While
    End Sub
End Module

This example uses the results in the "Find Results 1" window; you might want to create an individual shortcut for each result window.

You can create a keyboard shortcut by going to Tools|Options... and selecting Keyboard under the Environment section in the navigation on the left. Select your macro and assign any shortcut you like.

You can also add your macro to a menu or toolbar by going to Tools|Customize... and selecting the Macros section in the navigation on the left. Once you locate your macro in the list, you can drag it to any menu or toolbar, where it its text or icon can be customized to whatever you want.