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Is there a way to open Chrome developer tools by clicking on an icon?

Does Chrome offer icons which I could place on toolbars? Is it possible to open devtools from an extension? (Direct call, create custom keyboard event, else?) Place it in a bookmark on bookmarks bar?

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Why click when you can press? ctrl+shift+I – Thomas Jul 13 '11 at 9:18
I personally, love the shortcut (⌥⌘I), but my colleague feels more comfortable clicking, so I was wondering if it's possible... – Martin Tóth Jul 13 '11 at 9:23
F12 works as well? – Richard Jul 13 '11 at 10:13
@Martin So you're on OS X? Or is your question about Chrome in general? – slhck Jul 13 '11 at 11:00
I'm on OS X, my colleague on Ubuntu... but my question is about Chrome in general... That's why I didn't mention any OS in the question itself. – Martin Tóth Jul 13 '11 at 11:17
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Does Chrome offer icons which I could place on toolbars

Chrome does, but for this you'll have to create a custom Chrome Entension and even after creating, it can only bring up the extension's option page defined in the manifest

Place it in a bookmark on bookmarks bar

THeroretically yes. The URL to developer tools is chrome://chromewebdata. Practically, this doesn't work and the developer tools pops up on clicking this URL only if an instance of developer tools is already open

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This URL opens Chrome Devtools however it opens it in full screen (covering the entire browser area):


There are query params to this URL like this:


In this, I am guessing if I can find alternate values for query parameter dockSide, we can control the size/location of the developer tools dock and place it according to our wish.

I tried playing with other query params toolbarColor and textColor with no luck though :(

Any suggestions would be a great help!!

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