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Internet Explorer Developer Tools Not Visible

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I know that software has to be gotten out and on time, thus we have to triage bugs and sometimes leave a bug in a product because it doesn’t crash it and there is a workaround, but I don’t agree with leaving this one in IE8 Developer Tools.

Here’s the story: 

I try to open the IE8 Developer Tools (F12 or “Tools > Developer Tools”) and nothing happens.

I hunt around and find that the app appears in the taskbar and in the Alt-Tab list but when I select it, nothing happens.

I Google the issue and find this IE 8 Developer Tools not working In Windows?

Some of the suggestions don’t work.  Here is what worked for me in Windows 7:

  1. Select IE in the taskbar
  2. Right-Click on the Developer Tools icon and select “Maximize”
  3. Click on the title bar and pull the app down so that it changes its size to a non-maximized window (It doesn’t work to double-click the title bar, it just minimizes again)
  4. Now close the tools and close IE8
  5. When you open IE8 again open the tools and the app should be a window and not minimized.
  6. I had to do this a few times to get it to work so it’s possible step 4 should be “close IE8 and then close the tools”.

If you find that the tools are somehow off your screen then try this:

  1. Select IE in the taskbar
  2. Select the tools app
  3. Press Alt-tab and then “M” (this opens the application menu and activates “Move”.
  4. Use your keyboard arrow keys to move the app into view.
  5. I haven’t had that problem with the tools, but have with other applications

Sheesh!  What a pain in the butt!

If Microsoft wants to persuade web developers that IE is not the anti-Christ they are not going about it in a very smart way.


Written by gsdwriter

November 18, 2010 at 6:14 am

Posted in Rant, Tools, Web Development

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  1. Super Dude.. was struggling with this for 20 mins..u saved my day


    February 18, 2014 at 7:41 am

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