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.
We are happy to announce that we have started work to use your machine’s default browser for links you click within VS. Thank you for your patience.
Program Manager – Visual Studio IDE
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 Arbel commented
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.
Vladimir Krilov commented
So it took 4 years to start work. All right.
We aren't taking away the in-IDE browser, Zev but we will definitely take your feedback about updating to something like the Edge engine into consideration as we plan our backlog. Thank you for your feedback!
-Allison Buchholtz-Au, VS Program Manager
Zev Spitz commented
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.
For God's Sake please use the external browser!!!
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 Bonner commented
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.
Olivier J. commented
@AdamJSycz: in Visual Studio 2015 this is now realized.
Adam J. Sycz commented
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.
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 Hood commented
"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 Brey commented
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."
Micah Caldwell commented
There is an extension that lets you do this and it works in VS2015 (as well as some older versions) https://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/46c0c49e-f825-454b-9f6a-48b216797eb5
Having that available really lowers the importance of this feature for me.
Unsupported browser ! : /
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 Robinson commented
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.
Olivier J. commented
This should work for links found on the start page as well.