There are many instances when we have "Browser1" as the default browser in the system and we want our web application to be run inside a different
browser (say "Browser2") from the Visual Studio IDE. To do this, we need to open the "Browser2" application and set it as the default one
so that "Browser2" will start as the application handle from the IDE. After that, you have to revert back to the default browser to "Browser1" by doing the same.
This is really a very difficult job. To simplify this, there is an extension for the Visual Studio 2010 IDE. If you download and install that free extension,
you will be able to do this very easily. In this post, I will share the steps to do this and show you how this will improve your productivity.
Installing the Extension
First you need to install the extension from the Visual Studio Gallery. The name of the extension is "Default Browser Switcher Extension". To download it,
open your Visual Studio instance and go to "Tools -> Extension Manager", as shown in the below screenshot:
This will open up the "Extension Manager" dialog window. Do the following steps inside this:
- Click on the "Online Gallery" tab.
- In the search box, enter "default browser switcher" to search the extension online (you need an Internet connection, of course).
- This will show the search result in the main panel as shown below. Click the download link to start the download process.
Once the download is done, it will start the installation process. In the first screen, you will see the following window. Click "Install" to continue.
Once the installation process is done, the extension in the main panel will have a green tick which informs you that it has been installed in your PC.
After the installation process, the IDE will ask you to restart the instance of the IDE for the changes to take effect. The "Extension Manager" dialog window will look as below:
Click the "Restart Now" button to restart Visual Studio. Once the new instance of the IDE has been launched, you will find the Browser switcher toolbar in the screen.
Default Browser Switcher Toolbar
If you have already installed the extension in your local PC, you will see the below Toolbar inside your Visual Studio IDE:
This has five different browser buttons. The browser button that you selected in the toolbar will open up when you run a web application from your IDE.
Here in this instance, as IE is selected, it will open the web application inside IE. If you chose Chrome there, it will launch it inside Google Chrome.
This will only work if you have the specified browser installed in your PC. If you don't have the specified browser, the button will not toggle.
One thing to say here is, this will not change the default browser of the system. It will just launch the web page from Visual Studio inside the selected browser.
If you didn't find the said toolbar, right click on any blank space of the existing toolbar panel and from the context menu, select the "Default Browser Switcher"
submenu as shown in the below screenshot:
This step will add the toolbar to the Visual Studio Toolbar panel. Now you are good to go with the extension. Just follow the steps mentioned above and it will improve
your productivity a lot. If you are still confused whether this will really help or not, my dear friend, just use it for sometime. You will come to know what I want to say here.
At the end, thanks for your time. Don't forget to share this cool tip with your friends and colleagues. This will definitely help them
a lot if they are developing web applications using Visual Studio.