FIX: The Visual Studio .NET Properties window does not respond after you run debug


After you debug a Visual Studio .NET application, the Properties window may not respond when you press F4 or when you select Properties Window on the View menu.


If both the Properties window and the Output window are set to Auto Hide, the Properties window is not available after you run debug.


To resolve this issue, use either of the following methods:

  • Quit and then restart the Visual Studio .NET integrated development environment (IDE).


  • Pin the Dynamic Help window, which is, by default, docked to the Properties window. Press F4 to create the Properties Window tab.
NOTE: It is recommended that you change your settings so that the Properties window and the Output window are not both set to Auto Hide. This will prevent the issue from recurring.


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a bug in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.
This bug was corrected in Visual Studio .NET (2003).

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Steps to Reproduce the Problem

  1. With the Visual Studio IDE open, right-click Output Window, and then click Auto Hide. Right-click Properties Window, and then click Auto Hide.
  2. With a project open, click Debug to start the debug operation on a given application.
  3. Quit the application. After the application is closed, the Properties window is not available.

ID do Artigo: 313899 - Última Revisão: 20 de jan de 2006 - Revisão: 1