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With firefox 11 there is a new feature called 3D page inspector which I would like to test because I think is really useful.

However, I can't really find where this should be enable or how to do it!

Can anyone help me with this? I'm going mad

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Invoke the Element Inspector using Ctrl+Shift+I or by clicking the appropriate menu item:

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Now, pick an element on the page (optional):
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By clicking the 3D button, you'll get the desired 3D view: enter image description here

There is no "3D" button/It doesn't work. What now?

Firefox uses WebGL for the 3D view.

To my understanding, this feature was also previously available in the form of the Tilt addon. The blog says:

Available as an addon

The latest version of Tilt can be found on Github, but you can also download Tilt as an addon from

For compatibility, Tilt requires WebGL capabilities. Go to to check availability and troubleshoot any issues. The current version works with Firefox 6.0 to latest 10.0 Nightly releases (latest Nightly builds now also support WebGL anti-aliasing, working great with Tilt).

To start Tilt, hit Control+Shift+M (or Command+Shift+M if you’re on Mac OS), or go to Web Developer -> Tilt, available in the Firefox application menu (or the Tools menu on Mac OS). You can modify this hotkey (and other properties) from the Options menu after starting Tilt.

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Thanks!!! In the Italian localization is a bit hard to understand that the 3D view is in that function!!! Is beautiful – Fire-Dragon-DoL Mar 15 '12 at 12:14
I don't have the 3D button. – kitsched Mar 20 '12 at 16:09
@kitsched I would assume it requires WebGL support or something similar. You could open a new question and see if someone knows. – Oliver Salzburg Mar 20 '12 at 16:14
I cannot for the life of me find the 3D button. It simply isn't there! I have installed FF11 on three different computers with the exact same result! All I can see is the HTML and Style buttons. – Diego Deberdt Mar 20 '12 at 22:18
As Oliver Salzburg mentions, go to and see what it says. In my case it said that WebGL is disabled on my system. – ShankarG Mar 27 '12 at 9:19

It seems FF updates might disable this. The icon is now different from the "3D" button in other answers - it's a cube icon. Click the settings cog icon and enable the "3D View" option in the Developer Tools "Available Toolbox Buttons".

Firefox 38 - cube and cog on the right:

Firefox 38

Firefox 30 - cog on the left:

Firefox 30

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I understand that the post asks for Firefox 11, but we are in 2015, Firefox 41, and this is the answer for anyone looking in modern times (Keeping the FF11 answer is no longer general help and now user specific to a small niche) – BillyNair Oct 13 '15 at 17:13

To enable webgl on FF (i.e. 11) go to address "about:config" in browser, put "webgl" in Search box, dblclick (set to True) setting "layers.acceleration.force-enabled"

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Nothing worked for me except this:

  • Go to about:config
  • Set webgl.force-enabled as true.
  • Set webgl.msaa-force as true.
  • Set layers.acceleration.force-enabled as true.
  • Set gfx.direct2d.force-enabled as true.


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I had the problem where the 3D view button appeared for chrome-only tabs (e.g. about:config) but was not accessible on normal content tabs. At first I thought that my graphics driver had been blacklisted, but fiddling with the about:config options listed in other answers here did not change this behavior.

It turns out that, at the time of writing this answer (13 Nov 2014), the Nightly builds of Firefox do not show the 3D view option on content tabs when running with Electrolysis (e10s, multi-process) enabled. Mozilla bug 937166 tracks the work necessary to make the 3D view remotable across the content processes.

As a workaround, disable the multi-process mode from the General tab in the browser preferences:

'General' tab of Firefox (Nightly) preferences window, showing the 'Enable E10S' checkbox

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Yes, this helped a lot! – towerofnix Oct 24 '15 at 13:18

I'm on Firefox 20 and I could the message "could not initialize tilt". I updated firefox then created a new variable in about:config called "webgl.enabled_for_all_sites", set it to true, and it worked! source of help:

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Note: 3D view is not available in multiprocess Firefox. This includes the current Nightly and Developer Edition versions of Firefox.

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UGH! Are they going to bring it back? – Fire-Dragon-DoL Feb 4 at 7:25

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