Nevermind, i eventually poked around and found that you have to right-click on the variable in the editor window and add watch then you can dereference and see the breakout in the watch window. First reference i found said right-click but i couldn't find anywhere in the watch window where a right click was of use.
Suggest that in the tooltip which pops up while cursor is over a variable something indicate that there's more to be found out by right-clicking.
Suggest also that the tooltips over debugging icons like "step into" show the associated function-key.
Thanks guys for all your help.