Visual Studio 2010 offered option to view a particular .aspx page on multiple
browsers when you right-click the file and chose Browse With…
but it didn’t provide storing the setting and allowing to launch the web page on
multiple browsers at the same time when you execute every time.
In this article we will see how this feature is enhanced in Visual Studio
2012; you can set multiple browsers as default and store this setting
permanently and when you Debug(F5) you will get a dialog to choose the browser
you’d like to debug with or when you Execute without debugging (Ctrl+F5) you
will be able to launch the web application in multiple browsers.
Launching ASP.NET web applications on multiple browsers at the same time from Visual Studio(2012)
As you may have noted from my earlier article about Visual Studio 2012 new features, Visual Studio 2012 has
a browser drop down that lets you select the browser that will be used to launch
your ASP.NET web application when you debug it (F5) as shown below, as I mentioned
in my article, this was achievable in earlier Visual Studio versions via other not-so-quick
menu/context menu commands.
If you click the Browse With… menu option shown above, you will
be presented with the below dialog.
This window shows all the names of the browsers installed in your machine. As indicated
by the dialog, you can select more than one browser and click
Browse to launch the web application in the chosen browsers, this
will not launch your web application in Debug mode.
Also, you can select multiple browsers and click Set as Default
to make this setting permanent, so that whenever you execute the web application
without debugging(Ctrl+F5) it will be launched in these browsers at the same time.
The Execute command in Visual Studio 2012 will be captioned as Multiple Browsers
instead of the default browser name.
If you click the Execute command(which will execute your web application in debug
mode) you will get the below prompt.
You can choose which browser you wish to use for debugging.
I think this particular feature will be a productivity enhancer for web developers
who work on achieving browser compatibility and tackle issues arising when providing
multiple browser support for their ASP.NET Web Applications.