Embed a Web Browser in Your Application

9/26/2010 7:46:47 PM
You can use the Internet Explorer component included with .NET. In Visual Studio, it shows up under Common Controls in the Form Designer.

You can use the WebBrowser control just like you would any other control and arrange it how you want. Figure 1 shows an example of a simple browser.

Figure 1. It is quite simple to create your own web browser by using the existing functionality from Internet Explorer.

Listing 1 provides a snippet of the code that manipulates the browser control.

Listing 1. Custom Web Browser
using System;
using System.ComponentModel;
using System.Windows.Forms;

namespace WebBrowser
public partial class Form1 : Form
public Form1()
private void buttonGo_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
if (radioButtonUrl.Checked)
this.webBrowser1.DocumentText = textBoxHTML.Text;

private void OnRadioCheckedChanged(object sender, EventArgs e)
textBoxUrl.Enabled = radioButtonUrl.Checked;
textBoxHTML.Enabled = radioButtonHTML.Checked;

As you can see, it’s equally easy to show your own content or anything on the Web. However, the renderer is always Internet Explorer, regardless of what you put around it (just right-click on a page to see the standard IE context menu). Keep this in mind when dealing with JavaScript, for example.

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