Intel Advisor Menus and Toolbars

After you launch the Microsoft Visual Studio* or Intel® Advisor GUI environment and choose your target, you can begin the process of using the Intel Advisor tools to help you add parallelism into parts of your program.

To launch the Intel Advisor tools, use one of the following:

  • In the Visual Studio Tools menu or the Solution or Project context menu, click Intel Advisor 201n and choose the desired action:
    Tools menu and property page choices

  • In the Intel Advisor GUI, click File >New and choose the desired action:


    File > New menu choices

  • In the Intel Advisor toolbar, select the desired action by clicking the appropriate icon:

In the Intel Advisor GUI:
Intel Advisor toolbar in the product GUI

In the Intel Advisor GUI:



In Microsoft Visual Studio*, click to display a drop-down list:

Intel Advisor toolbar in Visual Studio

To display the installed help or the Getting Started page, or view online videos or articles, click the or icon on the Intel Advisor toolbar. The Getting Started page introduces the Intel Advisor and provides links to the installed tutorials, documentation, and online internet resources.

The following table lists the actions available:

To Do This

Use the Menu

Use the Advisor Workflow Tab

Use the Toolbars

Run the Survey tool with your application (target) to profile it to locate hotspots.

In Visual Studio, click Tools > Intel Advisor 201n > Start Survey Analysis

In the product GUI, click File > New > Start Survey Analysis

Below Survey Target click the button or Start analysis with data collection paused. Once you start the analysis, pause , stop , and cancel buttons appear.

Click in the Intel Advisor toolbar , or select Start Survey Analysis in the Advisor toolbar list in Visual Studio .

Run the Trip Counts tool with your application (target) to collect loop iteration statistics.

In Visual Studio, click Tools > Intel Advisor 201n > Start Trip Counts Analysis

In the product GUI, click File > New > Start Trip Counts Analysis

Below Find Trip Counts click the button. Once you start the analysis, stop and cancel buttons appear.

Click in the Intel Advisor toolbar , or select Start Trip Counts Analysis in the Advisor toolbar list in Visual Studio ..

Run the Suitability tool with your application to predict its approximate parallel performance. Before running this tool, add source annotations to define at least one parallel site and task(s) within each site.

In Visual Studio, click Tools > Intel Advisor 201n > Start Suitability Analysis

In the product GUI, click File > New > Start Suitability Analysis

In the Threading Workflow tab below Check Suitability click the button or Start analysis with data collection paused. Once you start the analysis, pause , stop , and cancel buttons appear.

Click in the Intel Advisor toolbar , or select Start Suitability Analysis in the Advisor toolbar list in Visual Studio ..

Run the Dependencies tool with your application to predict its potential data sharing problems. Before running this tool, add source annotations to define at least one parallel site and task(s) within each site.

In Visual Studio, click Tools > Intel Advisor 201n > Start Dependencies Analysis

In the product GUI, click File > New > Start Dependencies Analysis

Below Check Dependencies click the button. Once you start the analysis, stop and cancel buttons appear.

Click in the Intel Advisor toolbar , or select Start Dependencies Analysis in the Advisor toolbar list in Visual Studio ..

Run the Memory Access Patterns tool with your application (target) to collect data on memory access strides.

In Visual Studio, click Tools > Intel Advisor 201n > Start Trip Counts Analysis

In the product GUI, click File > New > Start Memory Access Patterns Analysis

In the Vectorization Workflow below Check Memory Access Patterns click the button. Once you start the analysis, stop and cancel buttons appear.

Click in the Intel Advisor toolbar , or select Start Memory Access Patterns Analysis in the Advisor toolbar list in Visual Studio ..

Create the data snapshot (read-only version) of the current project.

In Visual Studio, click Tools > Intel Advisor 201n > Create Data Snapshot

In the product GUI, find the button at the top of the Report window next to Where should I add vectorization and/or threading parallelism?.

Click in the Intel Advisor toolbar , or select Create Data Snapshot in the Advisor toolbar list in Visual Studio ..

Open the Project Properties dialog to view and modify project properties.

In Visual Studio, click Tools > Intel Advisor 201n > Display project propertiesOpen Project Properties

In the product GUI, click File > Project Properties...

Click Display project properties(if available) in the Intel Advisor toolbar.

In the Intel Advisor product GUI, open or close the Project navigator

In the product GUI, click View > Project Navigator

Click in the Intel Advisor toolbar.

In the product GUI, create a new project.

In the product GUI, click File > New > Project...

Click in the Intel Advisor toolbar.

In the product GUI, open an existing project.

In the product GUI, choose either:

  • File > Recent Projects> name
  • File > Open > Project...

Click the button in the Intel Advisor toolbar.

Temporarily stop data collection while the target continues to run.

Click the button for the Survey Report, Suitability Report, or Dependencies Report in the Workflow tab.

Resume data collection that you previously paused or that was started as paused.

Click the button in the workflow tab.

Stop target execution and data collection, and display the result collected thus far. This button is enabled when the collection is in progress.

Click the button for the Survey Report, Suitability Report, or Dependencies Report in the Workflow tab.

Cancel the target execution and data collection. Discards the data collected so far. This button is enabled when the collection is in progress.

Click the button for the Survey Report, Suitability Report, or Dependencies Report in the Workflow tab.

Cancel data finalization. Retains the data collected. This button is enabled when data finalization is in progress.

Click the button in the Survey Report or Suitability Report window's command toolbar.

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