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How to: Correct Run-Time Errors with the Exception Assistant

The Exception Assistant, which appears whenever a run-time exception occurs in the debugger, shows the type of exception, troubleshooting tips, and corrective actions that may be applied through the Exception Assistant.

An exception is an object that inherits from the Exception class. An exception is thrown by code whenever a problem occurs; it is passed up the stack until the application handles it or the program fails.


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The following table lists the actions that may appear in the Exception Assistant Actions pane:



Find out more about the exception

Displays the properties of the exception object, which can be copied to the Clipboard.

Add permission.

Adds necessary security permissions.

To enable or disable Exception Assistant

  1. On the Tools menu, click Options.

  2. In the Options dialog box, open the Debugging node and click General.

  3. In the General box, select or clear Enable the exception assistant.

To apply an action from the Exception Assistant Actions pane

  • Click the action you want to perform.

See Also


How to: Use the Exception Assistant


Exception Assistant Dialog Box

Other Resources

Choosing When to Use Structured and Unstructured Exception Handling

Handling and Throwing Exceptions