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Overlooked reason for debug step slow-down in Visual-Studio

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24 Jan 2013CPOL
If your VS debgger is running slow and you checked out all other tips with no help - maybe you unchecked this one and forgot to recheck it after you were done.


In this short tip I want to note a hard-to-find (for me) reason for Visual Studio slowness in debugging.


Visual Studio has a great debugger - but some things make it go really slow. I won't cover all the top google search results for this... Those tackle problem caused by slow pdb files (e.g. ones on a network drive), by managed code issues, by debug-window evaluations, by exceptions and debug/trace points etc.

It took me time to find it - but for me the slowness was caused by having Tools->Options->Debugging->General->"Require source files to exactly match the original version" unchecked. I just ticked it back and now the step-over speed is back to normal.

What's interesting is that I couldn't find a single reference to this on the web - even after finding the solution. I wonder how many people experienced this...


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QuestionItems/entries in the VS [Watch] panel slowed down my debugging Pin
Mercuery19-Jun-19 16:12
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QuestionThank you :) Pin
aggaton17-Feb-16 7:51
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QuestionMany thanks! Pin
sjaak_trekhaak7-Oct-14 2:27
sjaak_trekhaak7-Oct-14 2:27 
Question"Show threads in source" (in debug ribbon) also slows down debugging in VS2013 Pin
FBirth9-Jan-14 9:26
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GeneralGreat find !! Pin
MrDRamos3-Oct-13 9:44
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GeneralRe: Great find !! Pin
Itai Basel5-Oct-13 10:16
Itai Basel5-Oct-13 10:16 
QuestionThank you for sharing Pin
Stefan_Lang20-Feb-13 23:15
mveStefan_Lang20-Feb-13 23:15 
Questionwhere is this setting? Pin
Joseph Ortiz27-Dec-12 11:12
Joseph Ortiz27-Dec-12 11:12 
AnswerRe: where is this setting? Pin
Itai Basel27-Dec-12 19:37
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