Runtime Watches and the Watches Window

A runtime watch provides updating of a variable in the following windows during program execution instead of on halt:

  • Watches: Window > Debugging menu
  • Memory: Window > PIC Memory Views menu

To set up runtime watches:


Build the project. In the Projects window, right-click on the project name and select Build. The project must be built to see the available symbols.


Select Window > Debugging > Watches to open the Watches window.


Right click in the window and select New Runtime Watch. Select the symbol or SFR you wish to watch in the New Run Time Watch window. Click OK.


Begin a debug session (Debug > Debug Project). Watch variable values change in the Watches window.


To see the watched variable change in a Memory window, Pause (halt) and open a Memory window containing the watched variable. Continue the program and watch the values change in this window.

Figure 1: Runtime Watch
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