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Bug 216771 - Move "Evaluate Expression..." to context menu
Summary: Move "Evaluate Expression..." to context menu
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: debugger
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Java (show other bugs)
Version: 7.3
Hardware: PC Mac OS X
: P3 normal with 1 vote (vote)
Assignee: Martin Entlicher
Depends on:
Reported: 2012-08-13 07:30 UTC by maxnitribitt
Modified: 2012-10-07 15:30 UTC (History)
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Description maxnitribitt 2012-08-13 07:30:55 UTC
"Evaluate expression..." should be in the context menu of selected code in the editor when debugging. The functionality is very useful but hard to find. The context menu would be the most obvious place to look. A lot of developers don't know about it, because it's hidden in the "Debug" menu.

Right now you select code in the editor, go to the top menu bar, open the "Debug" menu and select "Evaluate Expression...". 

It would be nicer to select code, open the context menu and select "Evaluate Expression.." from there.

I would also suggest to remove it from the "Debug" menu, because if it's in the context menu, no one will use the menu item anymore.
Comment 1 markiewb 2012-10-07 15:30:08 UTC
I agree that is very hidden feature, which should be presented more obvious. 

A small (and i guess easy to implement) improvement: add a additional toolbar item the "variables view", which opens the "Evaluate expressions view".