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Open links in an actual browser

Please take the Web Browser out of the Visual Studio, open links in the default web browser (and please my own default, not Internet Explorer). Visual Studio is not good as a web browser and it uses Internet Explorer inside to make it worse.

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    Michel Pavan MacedoMichel Pavan Macedo shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

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      • YannYann commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Allison, I definitely would NOT like to see the internal browser capability taken out of Visual Studio! However I do think there absolutely should be a choice to open links internally or externally (in the user's default browser).

        I actually rely on the internal browser capability a LOT. Mostly for VSTS and GitHub pages, but essentially so I don't have to change contexts to view related information. I work in Visual Studio, and I want to be able to view certain pages IN the context of Visual Studio. I'm certainly not saying that I want to do ALL of my browsing in Visual STudio though, just information related to what I'm working on.

        That said, the internal browser needs to be updated, as both VSTS and GitHub complain that they don't support the current internal browser, and that we should consider upgrading to a more modern browser. It would be fantastic if the internal browser windows could open pages internally using the user's default browser. The best of both worlds.

        It's paramount however that users have the CHOICE to do what they need. For example I wouldn't want my request to overshadow what Michel is asking for, any more that I want his desire to remove the internal web browser capability to overshadow my needs.

      • Eli ArbelEli Arbel commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It would be great if this works for URLs opened by project templates as well (during project creation). Opening that browser tabs often causes delays.

      • Zev SpitzZev Spitz commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Even if you implement this, there is still a place for an embedded browser -- when VS is in full screen mode, and you want to have a browser open next to the code. That said, the embedded browser should still use something more up-to-date, like the Edge engine.

      • KarlanKarlan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Oh my god please do this. Every time I click a link and it opens in VS's ****** browser I die a little inside.

      • Matthew BonnerMatthew Bonner commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It is even worse when you call dte.ItemOperations.Navigate(theUrl); only to find the Visual Studio debug browser settings, which someone has gone out their way to configure, are ignored! We don't want a new tab to open inside the IDE instead! Bonkers.

      • Adam J. SyczAdam J. Sycz commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Couldn't agree more. This is an unnecessary clutter let alone being forced to deal with the worst web browser known to man. I have a web browser of choice installed as my default one, please respect my wishes.

      • AnonymousAnonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Sometimes the VS browser will say that a website is unavailable (e.g. nuget.org) but you can browse to that url just fine in another web browser.

        Removing the browser would hopefully fix the connection issues that sometimes happen with nuget.org or other extensions.

      • James HoodJames Hood commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        "We are currently evaluating whether we will be able to include this into the product." No, no, you need to exclude this from the product.

      • Edward BreyEdward Brey commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Hopefully the embarrassment factor is kicking in. If you create a new .NET Core web app, you get a bundleconfig.json file with this header:

        > More info at https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=808241

        It takes you to a GitHub page that shows this banner: "Please note that GitHub no longer supports old versions of Internet Explorer. We recommend upgrading to the latest Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Firefox."

      • devuxerdevuxer commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Here's what got me looking for this feature: I get this error when I try to open a jsoneditoronline link in the Visual Studio 2012 browser: "Error: Unsupported browser, IE9 or newer required. Please install the newest version of your browser." It's a pain not to be able to open this with at least the latest version of Internet Explorer (which I have installed!).

      • Dwayne RobinsonDwayne Robinson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I don't mind using IE for the browsing, but I do mind having it launch in an embedded window rather than in my browser on the second monitor so that I can see the two side-by-side and easily Alt+Tab between the two. So launching in the default browser would be fine, because currently I copy and paste the URL which is awkward.

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