Changing the default browser used in VS 2005 and Visual Web Developer
I’ve seen a few people ask if it is possible to change what browser is launched and used when running web apps in VS 2005 and Visual Web Developer (for example: to use FireFox instead of IE). The good news is that there is an easy way to configure this:
- Right click on a .aspx page in your solution explorer
- Select the “browse with” context menu option
- In the dialog you can select or add a browser. If you want Firefox in the list, click “add” and point to the firefox.exe filename
- Click the “Set as Default” button to make this the default browser when you run any page on the site.
Note that there is also an optional drop-down at the bottom of the dialog that lets you select the default browser window size when loading. You can choose 800×600 or 1024×768 if you want to visualize what the site will look like for people using those screen resolutions. This works for both IE and FireFox (and probably other browsers too — those just happened to be the two I checked).