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Posted 22 Oct 2012

Default Browser Switcher in Visual Studio 2012

, 29 Oct 2012
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Testing application on different browsers manually would decrease our productivity and also would waste our time.


While developing web applications, we have to test our application in different browsers.

  • Check whether the application design is proper in all the browsers
  • Check if images are shown properly

Testing application on a different browser would decrease our productivity and also would waste our time.

Default Browser Switcher

With Visual Studio 2012 , we have inbuilt browser switcher extension available now. VS 2012 has provided us the option to select the browser in which we want to view our application. Please see the below image where the browser selection section is highlighted

By default when you install VS 2012, Internet explorer is the default browser; however you can select any of the browser (installed on your machine) from drop down as shown below

The check sign signifies the default browser on which you would view the application. You can change the browser by selecting from drop down. If any browser (installed on your machine) is not visible in drop down list, you can select 'Browse With' from the drop down which would open  the following screen.

From this screen you can select any of the browser and set it as default browser by clicking the 'Set as Default' button. You can also select multiple browser as default. Press Ctrl and select two browser at once and click 'Set as Default'. By doing so, you have set multiple browser at once like below:

Having multiple browser as default browser would help you to view your application in different browser at same time. After selecting multiple browser as default, click Browse button and you would see that your application runs on multiple browsers you have selected at same time. This helps us in testing our application at same time. Hope with this article of mine you would have come of know about the new feature in Visual Studio 2012. Stay tuned to my blog to read more articles.


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QuestionPictures are good for illiterates Pin
ngoj20-Jan-16 2:24
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QuestionIs This Only For Ultimate? Pin
TeeteringonTheEdge3-Aug-13 11:21
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Questionalso for WPF? Pin
fabschen26-Jun-13 2:14
memberfabschen26-Jun-13 2:14 
GeneralGood tip Pin
Shahriar Iqbal Chowdhury22-Oct-12 23:29
memberShahriar Iqbal Chowdhury22-Oct-12 23:29 
GeneralRe: Good tip Pin
Khanna_Varun23-Oct-12 4:54
memberKhanna_Varun23-Oct-12 4:54 

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