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Jump to Any Line Number in Visual Studio

So you're writing a new ASP script and you finally think everything is ready to go. You launch a browser to test it and, wouldn't you know it, you run into one of those ever so helpful error messages that looks something like this:

Microsoft VBScript runtime error '800a01b6'

Object doesn't support this property or method.

/filename.asp, line 147

Now you've got to go back to Visual Studio (or Visual Studio.NET) to try and hunt down the problem. Wouldn't it be nice if there was an easy way to find it quickly? Well there is...

Visual Studio has a built-in "Go To..." command that will jump directly to any line you'd like. Simply double click on the line number display at the bottom of the Visual Studio window (the one that says something like "Ln 23 Col 45 Ch 45") and a little dialog box will appear. Enter the line number from the error message and you'll find yourself right at the offending line of code.

Oh... and for all you keyboard junkies out there, there's no need to ever move your hands from the keys. A simple little Ctrl+G brings up the same dialog box. Just type in the line number and hit Enter and you're back to coding without ever having to touch that silly mouse.


Thanks go out to Kirk Unangst for prompting me to write this tip.

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