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March 11, 2010

Tip: Choose which browser to debug with in Visual Studio

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By default, Visual Studio uses Internet Explorer for debugging. If you’re looking for a way to change that, perhaps to harness the power of developer tools in Firefox or other browsers (or perhaps just because you don’t like IE), it’s pretty easy to do.

  1. Right-click your start-up project in Studio and click Browse With…
  2. Click Add
  3. Click the Browse button beside Program Name
  4. Select the browser you wish to use
  5. Click Ok
  6. Select the browser you just added and click Set as Default

Here are the install locations of some of the more common browsers:

  • Firefox: C:Program FilesMozilla Firefox
  • Chrome: C:Documents and SettingsUserNameLocal SettingsApplication DataGoogleChromeApplication
  • Safari: C:Program FilesSafari
  • Opera: C:Program FilesOpera
  • IE: C:Program FilesInternet Explorer

I find myself using Firefox the most, followed by Chrome. And as a best practice, don’t forget to test your projects in all browsers before putting them into production!

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