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Forward/Back

 

The Visual Build GUI app remembers each step and macro that the user has selected and allows navigating forward and backward to these items, similar to navigation in a web browser.  Forward/back functionality is accessed via the Go menu, the view toolbar, the associated keyboard shortcuts, or the Forward/Back dedicated keys or Forward/Back mouse buttons on a 5-button mouse.

 

Note: By default, the last 500 positions are tracked for forward/back.  To adjust this limit, start RegEdit and create/edit a DWORD value named MaxForwardBackHistory under HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Kinook Software\Visual Build Professional 9\Options (set the value to 0 for unlimited history).

 

Step Navigation

 

To quickly show the step that is currently being built or debugged, choose Go | Current Step on the menu bar.

 

To jump to the subroutine step for a Subroutine Call step, choose Go | Subroutine on the menu bar.

 

To quickly navigate to a particular step in the current step pane, use Go | To Step on the menu.

 

Build Output Navigation

 

When an error occurs during a build, Visual Build can open the Script Editor or Step Properties dialog to pinpoint the cause of error.  This is accomplished by choosing Go | Last Error on the menu bar.

 

Note: This feature may not work reliably for script engines that do not fully support Windows Active Scripting.  VBScript and Jscript work properly, but the PerlScript, Python, and RubyScript engines do not provide full error information.

 

You can quickly navigate between the output for a step in the Output pane and the related step in a Step pane (and vice versa) via the Go To | Step Output menu item.

 

Visual Build provides an easy to way navigate from a compiler error or filename listed in the build output to the associated source code file by selecting the filename or line containing the compiler error, and choosing an item from the View | Shell menu to open the file in the configured viewer, its associated application, or a folder in Windows Explorer.  When a filename and line number is displayed in the Output pane in the format C:\Path\To\Filename.ext(999) : optional error description, and if the configured viewer application supports a command-line flag for opening a file at a specific line number, the file will be opened in the viewer at the specified line number.  See the General options dialog topic for details on configuring a supported viewer.

 

External Launching

 

A filename or folder in any step or macro property can also be quickly opened in a viewer, launched in its associated application, opened in Explorer (if a filename is selected, its containing folder will be opened), or opened in a Command Prompt by clicking the Shell button on the Step or Macro properties dialogs or by right-clicking in the Output or Step panes and choosing one of the drop-down choices (in a Step pane, click Shell on the menu for actions whose default property is a filename or folder).