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Until recently, the IE11 F12 Developer Tools window had a tab panel on the left to move between DOM Explorer, Console, Debugger etc. A few days ago I logged on to my computer from a remote machine through RDP, and when I opened F12, the left panel was replaced with a top tabs control. I thought it's because using RDP the Aero theme was disabled (it's a Windows 7 Enterprise), but the next time I logged on locally, the F12 window still looked the same. How do I restore it to the way it was, with icons on the left?

F12 Developer Tools Update

IE version: 11.0.9600.17501

Update version: 11.0.15

  • You can still add a link to the picture – Dave Dec 16 '14 at 9:12
  • All the screen shots on the MS site are also showing it at the top... I wonder if this is due to an update? What version of IE11 do you have (full version, such as 11.0.9600.17107 and the update version)? – Dave Dec 16 '14 at 9:24
  • Having the same issue. I am LOST in this new nav set up. MS must've put it out in one of their forced updated that corporate pushed out. Hate it. Want the old one back. – briansol Dec 22 '14 at 16:51
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To move the F12 developer tool Windows in I.E from top to its original position,

There is an shortcut keys to pin again the tool to the internet Explorer

Ctrl + p.

  • This isn't what I asked. I asked about the tabs inside the Developer Tools window, not the docking of the window. – Tsahi Asher Dec 16 '14 at 11:39

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