Add DebuggerDisplay Attribute

Applies to: yesVisual Studio noVisual Studio for Mac noVisual Studio Code

This code generation applies to:

  • C#

What: The DebuggerDisplay Attribute controls how an object, property, or field is displayed in the debugger variable windows.

When: You want to pin properties within the debugger programmatically in your code.

Why: Pinning properties allows you to quickly inspect objects by their properties by bubbling up that property to the top of the object's property list within the debugger.


  1. Place your cursor on either a type, delegate, property, or field.

  2. Press Ctrl+. to trigger the Quick Actions and Refactorings menu and select Add DebuggerDisplay attribute.

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  3. The DebuggerDisplay attribute will get added along with an auto method that returns the default ToString().

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