How to Open Firebug With the Keyboard


Firebug is a browser tool that allows you to examine and edit the HTML for your website while it is live in your browser. This is extremely useful for Web designers who are trying to track down bugs such as broken links, unclosed tags or bad JavaScript. Originally created for Firefox, Firebug is now also in development for Google Chrome. Though you can open Firebug with your mouse, you can also start tinkering with your code by using keyboard shortcuts. If the default shortcuts aren't to your liking, you can customize them to something that better suits you.

  • Press the F12 key to open Firebug in a panel at the bottom of your browser window. This shortcut applies to both PC and Mac users. To close Firebug, simply press F12 again.

  • Press "Ctrl + F12" or "Command key + F12" to open Firebug in a separate window. Close the window normally once you have completed using Firebug.

  • Open "Customize Shortcuts" in your browser's "Tools > Firebug " submenu to create a new key binding. Once the Firebug Shortcut Bindings dialog opens, select the "F12" key binding from the list. Type in your new key binding. Press "Enter" to save your new shortcut and close the dialog.

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