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How can I get Chrome to launch and close "developer tools" on Mac (like Firefug with F12 & ctrl+shift+c)). It was so convenient in Firefox/Firebug to just hit F12 followed by "toggle inspect mode" (ctrl+shift+c) and then hover my mouse over the different elements. I would love it if anyone else used to have this workflow.

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For those that are still looking for ways to access Chrome's Developer Tools:

To access the developer tools, open a web page or web app in Google Chrome. Then take one of the following actions:

  • Select the Wrench menu at the top-right of your browser window, then select Tools -> Developer tools.
  • Right-click on any page element and select Inspect element.
  • On Windows and Linux, press
    • Ctrl+Shift+I to open Developer Tools
    • Ctrl+Shift+J to open Developer Tools and bring focus to the Console.
    • Ctrl+Shift+C to toggle Inspect Element mode.
  • On OS X, press
    • ++I (Option+Command+I) to open Developer Tools
    • ++J (Option+Command+J) to open Developer Tools and bring focus to the Console.
    • ^++C (Control+Command+C) to toggle Inspect Element mode.


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This is perfect!! Thanks so much! – Elijah Lynn Mar 12 '11 at 4:16
You have the key symbols mixed up... ⌘ = Command, ⌥ = Option. See Dan Rodney's List of Mac OS X Keyboard Shortcuts & Keystrokes. – Nathan Aug 13 '12 at 17:59
You're welcome! @Nathan Thanks, fixed! – appel Jan 27 '13 at 8:37
In newer versions of Google Chrome, you can now use F12 to open developer tools. – Petr Hudeček Sep 8 '14 at 5:20

Ctrl + Shift + I

Opens developer tools. I don't think you can toggle "inspect mode" (I found this looking for that)

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Thanks for confirming that, one thing I really loved about Firebug, hopefully it comes to Chrome (or I switch back to FF). – Elijah Lynn Sep 28 '10 at 23:57

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