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BROWSER File Extension

ASP.NET Browser Definition Format
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What is BROWSER file?

Full format name of files that use BROWSER extension is ASP.NET Browser Definition Format. ASP.NET Browser Definition Format specification was created by Microsoft. BROWSER files are supported by software applications available for devices running Windows. BROWSER file belongs to the Web Files category just like 303 other filename extensions listed in our database. Visual Web Developer supports BROWSER files and is the most frequently used program to handle such files, yet 1 other tools may also be used.

Programs which support BROWSER file extension

Programs that can handle BROWSER files are as follows. Files with BROWSER extension, just like any other file formats, can be found on any operating system. The files in question may be transferred to other devices, be it mobile or stationary, yet not all systems may be capable of properly handling such files.

Programs that support BROWSER file

How to open file with BROWSER extension?

Problems with accessing BROWSER may be due to various reasons. Fortunately, most common problems with BROWSER files can be solved without in-depth IT knowledge, and most importantly, in a matter of minutes. The following is a list of guidelines that will help you identify and solve file-related problems.

Step 1. Download and install Visual Web Developer

Install software to open BROWSER file Problems with opening and working with BROWSER files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with BROWSER files being present on your machine. The most obvious solution is to download and install Visual Web Developer or one to the listed programs: Microsoft Visual Studio. The full list of programs grouped by operating systems can be found above. The safest method of downloading Visual Web Developer installed is by going to developer’s website () and downloading the software using provided links.

Step 2. Verify the you have the latest version of Visual Web Developer

Update software that support file extension BROWSERIf you already have Visual Web Developer installed on your systems and BROWSER files are still not opened properly, check if you have the latest version of the software. Software developers may implement support for more modern file formats in updated versions of their products. This can be one of the causes why BROWSER files are not compatible with Visual Web Developer. The most recent version of Visual Web Developer is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.

Step 3. Set the default application to open BROWSER files to Visual Web Developer

If the issue has not been solved in the previous step, you should associate BROWSER files with latest version of Visual Web Developer you have installed on your device. The process of associating file formats with default application may differ in details depending on platform, but the basic procedure is very similar.

Associate software with BROWSER file on Windows

Selecting the first-choice application in Windows

  • Clicking the BROWSER with right mouse button will bring a menu from which you should select the Open with option
  • Next, select the Choose another app option and then using More apps open the list of available applications
  • The last step is to select Look for another app on this PC option supply the directory path to the folder where Visual Web Developer is installed. Now all that is left is to confirm your choice by selecting Always use this app to open BROWSER files and clicking OK.
Associate software with BROWSER file on Mac

Selecting the first-choice application in Mac OS

  • Right-click the BROWSER file and select Information
  • Proceed to the Open with section. If its closed, click the title to access available options
  • From the list choose the appropriate program and confirm by clicking Change for all....
  • Finally, a This change will be applied to all files with BROWSER extension message should pop-up. Click Continue button in order to confirm your choice.

Step 4. Ensure that the BROWSER file is complete and free of errors

Should the problem still occur after following steps 1-3, check if the BROWSER file is valid. Being unable to access the file can be related to various issues.

Check BROWSER file for viruses
1. Verify that the BROWSER in question is not infected with a computer virus

Should it happed that the BROWSER is infected with a virus, this may be that cause that prevents you from accessing it. Immediately scan the file using an antivirus tool or scan the whole system to ensure the whole system is safe. BROWSER file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.

2. Verify that the BROWSER file’s structure is intact

If you obtained the problematic BROWSER file from a third party, ask them to supply you with another copy. During the copy process of the file errors may occurred rendering the file incomplete or corrupted. This could be the source of encountered problems with the file. It could happen the the download process of file with BROWSER extension was interrupted and the file data is defective. Download the file again from the same source.

3. Verify whether your account has administrative rights

There is a possibility that the file in question can only be accessed by users with sufficient system privileges. Log out of your current account and log in to an account with sufficient access privileges. Then open the ASP.NET Browser Definition Format file.

4. Make sure that the system has sufficient resources to run Visual Web Developer

If the systems has insufficient resources to open BROWSER files, try closing all currently running applications and try again.

5. Ensure that you have the latest drivers and system updates and patches installed

Regularly updated system, drivers, and programs keep your computer secure. This may also prevent problems with ASP.NET Browser Definition Format files. Outdated drivers or software may have caused the inability to use a peripheral device needed to handle BROWSER files.

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