WinDbg Preview - View Menu

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This section describes how work with the view menu in WinDbg Preview.

View menu in debugger

The view menu will open a new Window for each item, or bring focus to the existing Window, if one is already open.


The command Window allows you to enter debugger commands. For more information about debugger commands, see Debugger Commands.


The watch Window allows you to watch local variables and registers.

The locals and watch windows are both based off of the data model that is used by the dx command. This means the locals and watch windows will benefit from any NatVis or JavaScript extensions you have loaded, and support full LINQ queries, just like the dx command. For more information about the data model, see WinDbg Preview - Data Model.


The locals window displays information about all of the local variables in the current scope. The locals window will highlight values that have changed during the previous code execution.

Locals window in debugger


Registers displays the contents of the processors registers when they are available. For more information about registers, see Registers and Viewing and Editing Registers in WinDbg.


Use the memory window to display memory locations. In addition to providing a memory address, you can use the Pseudo-Register values such as $scopeip and $eventip to examine memory. Pre-append the @ symbol to use the pseudo-register values in the memory window, for example, @$scopeip. For more information, see Pseudo-Register Syntax


Use the stack Window to view the current call stack. The stack window provides basic highlighting of the current frame.


The disassembly window highlights the current instruction and retains that position when you scroll.

 Disassembly window in debugger


The threads window highlights the current thread.


Use the breakpoints window to view, enable and clear breakpoints.

 Disassembly window in debugger


This log is of the WinDbg Preview internals. It can be viewed to monitor long running processes and for troubleshooting the debugger itself.

You can continue to create a traditional debugger command log, using the .logopen command. For more information on that, see Keeping a Log File in WinDbg.


Use the Notes option to open a note taking window.


Use Timelines to open or bring focus to the timelines window. For more information on timelines, see WinDbg Preview - Timelines.


Use the Layouts pull down menu to select from three window layouts.

Reset Windows

Use this function to reset the debugger windows to their default positions.

Accent Color

Use the pull down menu to set the accent color for the debugger.

See Also

Debugging Using WinDbg Preview