How to: Start Spy++
Applies to: Visual Studio Visual Studio for Mac Visual Studio Code
You can start Spy++ either from Visual Studio or at a command prompt.
When you start Spy++, if a message is displayed to ask permission to make changes to the computer, select Yes.
You can run only one instance of Spy++. If you try to start a second instance, it just causes the currently running instance to get the focus.
Spy++ requires the following components. You can select these components from the Visual Studio Installer by selecting the Individual Components tab, and then selecting the following components.
- Under Debugging and testing, select C++ profiling tools
- Under Development activities, select C++ core features
If you made any changes, follow the prompts to install these components.
Start Spy++ from Visual Studio
On the Tools menu, select Spy++.
Because Spy++ runs independently, after you start it you can close Visual Studio.
When you log messages with Spy++, it may cause the operating system to perform more slowly.
Start Spy++ at a command prompt
In a Command Prompt window, change directories to the folder that contains spyxx.exe. Typically, the path to this folder is ..\Visual Studio installation folder\Common7\Tools\.
Enter spyxx.exe or, for the 64-bit version, spyxx_amd64.exe.
For more information on the 32-bit and 64-bit version of Spy++, see 64-bit operating systems.
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