What is Inspect Element in a Web Browser?

What is Inspect Element in a Web Browser

Inspect Element is one of the Developer Tools or DevTools which is mostly found in modern web browsers such as safari, google chrome, and firefox, etc. It is a very useful tool for web developers, designers, and content writers.

Using this tool developers can do experiments by changing HTML and CSS codes. This Inspect Element Tool may also be called a “Web inspector” in some cases.

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What is Inspect Element?

An inspection tool or developers tool is very much useful for creating websites for developers. The web developers know all the advanced functions of this tool. Before working on inspecting tools, you should know some essentials languages such as HTML and CSS.

Changing with the Inspect element is just a temporary thing. It means if you add an element or change or delete anything, it will stay until you reload the page. Once you reload or refresh the page, the change will be gone.

Also, if you edit using the tool on any random live website, this will not affect the real website. The changes are only visible on your browser. Let’s go deep into this article and learn more about this topic.

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Things You Can Do With Inspect Element

If you are a web developer or you want to be a web developer, then you need to be mastered at the Inspect Element tool. There are most of the things you can do with Inspect tools. Here is the list of things that you can do with this developer tool.

1. Live CSS Editing

While scrolling the mouse pointer on the webpage, you can find the written styles of each element. Now if you want to change that code then just double click that selected part and edit the code and for removing, delete the selected section from the block.

Increasing and decreasing the size of any element, changing colors, making gradient colors are very easy by using Inspect element.

2. HTML Editing

After exploring the CSS section, let’s learn how to edit the HTML language of a webpage. It is the same as the Live CSS editing.

You need to select the element that you want to edit, you can change the whole element or you can just change the innerHTML text. For removing the element, select the part of the section and enter the delete button from your computer.

3. Testing Website Layout

Test different types of the layout before finalizing is one of the reasons why developers are using inspect element tools. Editing and testing through the front-end side make it easy for the developers.

4. Debugging

Finding any broken code by using this tool is a very easy job. Diagnosis with the inspect element tool is very much time-saving.

You can easily find the error along with the number of the line of that code. That is why developers use the tool most of the time to find the broken code.

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How to Use the Inspect Element Tool?

Opening inspect element tool is very easy. Follow step by step to open the developer tool:

Step 1: Visit any website 

Step 2: Right click on the website and select “Inspect” option. Or, use the shortcut key Ctrl+Shift+I

Step 3: Now enjoy editing, testing, and changing elements to the panel

More Cool Things That You Can Do Using Inspect Element Tool

There are lots of cool things that you can do with Inspect Element tools. Apart from the above-mentioned things you can always render an HTML page, check network activities such as status, requests, responses, time duration, etc, and also you can fix your javascript errors by using the console section of the tool.

You can add an extra element to the panel. To add any new element just click right and select the add attribute option to add new codes. Another cool thing is DevTools has responsive checking facilities.

You can check the responsive layout by changing the device’s width by using the tool. You can go through all the resources and details of the website and you can disable the cache option also.

But the most important thing is that if you do not know what HTML, CSS, and Javascript, then you can never understand how the tool works. And how cool this is.


In this article, we have discussed pretty much everything that you need to know about the Inspect element tool. Once you learn everything about this tool, development becomes more fun to do. These tools give you the power to think beyond every aspect and boost your creativity in styling any website. Isn’t it a cool tool?

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