The shortcut to open the Developer tools is Ctrl Shift J, but I'm used to F12 from Firebug...

Is there a way to change this shortcut to F12?

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    F12 for developer tools now seems to be a default shortcut. – Brad Koch Oct 16 '12 at 15:38
  • Which OS are you using ? – DIDIx13 Apr 1 '18 at 18:28

If you are on the Mac, you can always use the keyboard prefpane to change an hotkey. Just open Keyboard and go to hotkeys. There you can redefine any hotkey in any program you want.

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    To establish whether this answer is useful, first leave a comment asking which OS is in use. – Paul Feb 24 '13 at 11:55
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    i disagree. this answer can help mac users that have the same problem. – JCasso Jul 3 '13 at 6:09
  • I found this helpful! I'm glad we didn't clarify whether the OP was a PC user because I might not have found this otherwise. Getting meta here but this answer does not add significant noise to the signal and is useful for any organic Mac traffic that stumbles here. – Koobz Mar 26 '14 at 9:47
  • I found it useful as well. – basementjack Nov 30 '14 at 22:00
  • This also doesn't work for Ctrl+Page Up or Cmd+Page Up. Damn it. – andrewtweber Apr 3 '15 at 19:48

There's an extension for remapping shortcuts that might be useful: https://chrome.google.com/extensions/detail/mgjjeipcdnnjhgodgjpfkffcejoljijf. Haven't tried it yet though.

  • Very nice addon. I couldn't find an option to change the ctrl shift j though.... – BrunoLM Nov 11 '10 at 11:56
  • Doesn't work for Ctrl+Page Up (Actually Cmd+Page Up since I swapped those two keys) on Mac – andrewtweber Apr 3 '15 at 19:47
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    The link is broken (404). If it was for the Shortkeys extension then that doesn't seem to allow you to remap existing shortcuts, only define new ones for a limited set of operations. – Kevin Sadler Apr 7 '17 at 15:36

This question is no longer relevant since Chrome added the F12 shortcut.

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    Not true if you don't want ctrl-shift-j to work. I'm experiencing that now with a different shortcut. – Michael Mior Dec 19 '12 at 22:01
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    This IS still relevant if you're a Mac user, since F12 still doesn't work in Chrome, and you have to use the awkward combination of Alt+Cmd+I. Why do they have to use annoying three key combinations when the Mac keyboard have a whooping 19 function keys!! (F1 to F19), even more F keys than a PC keyboard. So using three key combos is stupid, specially since most of those function keys have no use in Chrome... – OMA Dec 5 '14 at 10:42

Just do Right-click and hit Inspect.

Works on both Mac and Windows.

  • The question asks whether there is a way to change the Ctrl+Shift+J shortcut to F12.  I believe that you’re not answering exactly that question; you seem to be saying that right-click → Inspect is an alternative way to open the Developer tools.  If that’s what you're saying, please say it. – Scott Aug 4 '17 at 0:31

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