How to use the inspect item

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Most people don't know that there's a treasure trove of developer tools at their disposal, and it's hidden away in their favorite browser.

Every web browser offers developer tools to verify a website's coding, however, this is a foreign entity to the average internet user. After all, who wants to look at the coding of a website, right?

Ultimately, there's a lot you can learn by watching website coding. Read on to find out what the item inspection feature has to offer and how to use it.



How to use the Inspect element in a specific browser

Most browsers have tools for inspecting elements of a website, but they generally all work the same way.

Using Inspect Element in Google Chrome

  1. Open the website you want to inspect.

  2. Right-click anywhere on the page and select Inspect.

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  3. Click on the three vertical dots in the right corner of your toolbar.

  4. Go to More tools.

  5. Select development tools.

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  6. press the F12 keyboard shortcut key on PC (or CMD + Options + I on a Mac.)

Using Inspect Element in Microsoft Edge

  1. Open a website.


  2. Click on the three vertical dots in the upper right corner of the browser toolbar.


  3. Scroll down and click More tools.

  4. Click on development tools.

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  5. Right-click anywhere on the website and click Inspect.

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  6. press Ctrl + Shift + I.

Any of these three methods will give you the same result.

If you did it correctly, you will see a new pane open at the bottom of your browser. These are the developer tools and include the Elements tab. This is the tool you need to inspect the item.

The panel will open at the bottom of your screen by default, but you can always change its appearance. Follow these simple steps to reposition the developer tools panel:

  1. Click on the three vertical dots in the upper corner of the Developer Tools panel.

  2. Select a side of the dock (left, bottom or right) or undock in a separate window.

Hovering next to the edge of the Developer Tools panel frame and dragging will shrink or expand the workspace. For example, if you choose to dock the panel on the right side of the browser window, try hovering over the left border. You can drag the panel to resize it when you see the arrow cursor.

Using the inspect item (OS specific)

Although many of the steps involved could have been covered by just showing you how to use Inspect Element in the browser, where it exists in the first place, we'll show you how on most operating systems anyway.



How to Use Inspect Element on a Chromebook

The default browser on a Chromebook is Google, so follow the Chrome browser instructions to access Inspect element. Here is a little refresher course for you:

  1. Open a website.

  2. Click on the three vertical lines in the upper right corner of the toolbar.

  3. Select More tools.

  4. Click on development tools.

You can also use the right-click method or F12 function key for faster access to development tools.

How to Use Inspect Element on Android Device

Running Inspect Element on an Android device is slightly different. Learn how to access the Inspect Element panel on Android:

  1. press the F12 function key.

  2. To choose Toggle Device Bar.

  3. Select the Android device from the drop-down menu.

When you select a specific Android device, you will notice that a mobile version of the website loads. From there, you are free to use the Inspect Element feature on your Android device from the comfort of your desktop.

This method works for both Chrome and Firefox browsers as they have a feature in their developer tools called Device Simulation.

It also works the same for iPhone devices. You just need to select the correct one from the drop-down menu.



How to Use the Inspect Item in Windows

The Inspect Element tool is not necessarily operating system specific but is browser specific. This means that developer tools are a feature of the browser you are using and not necessarily Windows. However, you can access the Inspect Element panel regardless of which browser you prefer.

If you use the Windows operating system, you will probably also use the Microsoft Edge browser. Find out how to access Inspect Element on MS Edge:

  1. Open the website you want to inspect.

  2. Tap the three vertical dots in the corner of the browser window.

  3. Scroll down and select More tools.

  4. Click on development tools.

You can also use the F12 function key if you want to access Inspect Element faster. Also, right-clicking on the webpage and selecting Inspect also works.

How to Use Inspect Element on a Mac

If you use a Mac, your preferred browser is probably Safari. Opening Inspect Elements on Safari is slightly different than on Chrome and Firefox. But it's just as easy with these steps:

  1. Open Safari browser.

  2. Click on Safari in the header tab and select Preferences in the drop-down menu.

  3. Click on the Advanced gear icon located at the top of the screen.

  4. Check the box that says Show Develop menu in menu bar.

Following these steps enables the Inspect Element feature on your browser. If you don't turn on Inspect Element first, you won't see the option when you open a website.

Once this step is complete, simply right-click on any open web page and select Inspect. You can also use the hotkey command: CMD + Option + I (inspect).

How to Use Inspect Element on an iPhone

Want to use Inspect Elements to see how a mobile version of a webpage looks on an iPhone? You can do this and more in a few simple steps. But before watching any element, you need to enable Web Inspector for your iOS device:

  1. Go to Parameters.

  2. Now select Safari.

  3. Scroll down and press the Advanced menu.

  4. Now press the toggle switch to turn on Web Inspector.

Also, you need to make sure that the Develop menu is enabled on your Mac by following the steps in the section above.

After activating both the iOS mobile device and Mac, you will see the Develop menu on the top bar of your Mac. Click it to see the connected iPhone and the active web page on the device. Selecting the web page also opens a Web Inspector window for the same page on your Mac screen.

Keep in mind, however, that these instructions only work for Safari running on a Mac, not Safari on Windows.

How to use the inspect item when it's blocked

Sometimes you will find that you cannot inspect a webpage and the Inspect selection is grayed out if you try to right click on it. You may think it's blocked, but there are plenty of ways to get around this:

Method 1 - Disable Javascript

  1. Go in Parameters.

  2. Search for “JavaScript”.

  3. Switch off JavaScript.

Method 2 – Access Developer Tools on the Long Way

Instead of right-clicking to inspect, do the following:

  1. Go to Parameters in your browser.

  2. Select More tools.

  3. Scroll down and click development tools.

Method 3 – Using the function key

You can also try using the F12 function key on web pages that block right click to Inspect.

You may have to try all of these methods before you find the one that works for you. As a last resort, you can also try viewing the source code by typing view source: [enter full url].

How to use Inspect Element on Discord

Verifying your coding on Discord is a simple process. Just use the Ctrl + Shift + I command or F12 on a Discord page.

How to Use Inspect Element on a School Chromebook

If your Chromebook was school-provided, using the Inspect Item feature involves a few simple steps:

  1. Right-click or two-finger tap on the web page and select Inspect.

  2. press Ctrl + Shift + I.

  3. Try using the view source:[url] method, like “view source: https://www.wikipedia.com“, without the quotes.

However, some schools and organizations block this feature. So if this doesn't work for you, you may need to contact your organization or school administrator.

How to use the Inspect element to find answers

You can use Inspect Element to find answers to a variety of things like:

  • Preview of site design on mobile devices.
  • Find out what keywords competitors are using.
  • Speed ​​trials.
  • Editing text on a web page.
  • Find quick examples to show developers what you need.

When you launch the Inspect Element panel, you will see all the website coding. This includes all the JavaScript, CSS, and HTML coding that goes into it. It's like seeing the source code of a webpage, except you can make changes to the code. Moreover, you can see all implemented changes in real time.

This tool allows marketers, designers, and developers to visualize design changes before finalizing them. However, making coding changes with Inspect Element does not last forever. When you reload the page, it returns to its default state.

Additional FAQ

How do I use the Inspect Item command to find answers?

The only way to find answers using the Inspect Item feature is for the website to reveal it instantly after submission. In this case, the answers are present in the coding.

Otherwise, you just view the coding of the quiz or test when you use the Inspect Item feature, along with any answers you submit.

Is Inspect Element illegal?

No, the Inspect Element tool is not illegal, it is designed for web developers. Viewing the source code of a website is not illegal, it only becomes a problem if you use the collected information for malicious purposes, such as exploit attempts, etc.

Is it possible to disable the inspect element in the browser?

The short answer is no.

You cannot disable the inspect element in a browser. But you can define settings that prevent users from performing certain actions such as right-clicking on a web page. There are many tutorials online to define the correct scripts to disable certain events. However, you can't actually turn off Inspect Element altogether.

Get to know the insides of a webpage

Using the Inspect Element on a Web Page feature is probably a developer tool you never thought you'd need, even if you're not a developer yourself. It has tons of design and marketing apps that can make your website smoother. And maybe give you an edge over a competitor.

Why do you use Inspect Element? Tell us about it in the comments section below.

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