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I'm on Windows 7 running Google Chrome 41 and somehow my developer tools are disabled. Inspect Element in the context menu is grayed out, all the Developer options under the hamburger and More Tools are also grayed, and there doesn't seem to be anyway around it.

I've found this SO question but I couldn't find "disabled": true in my Preferences file. I've checked and Chrome isn't starting with the --disable-dev-tools flag either. I've wandered through the registry looking for an entry that might be causing this but so far I've found no way to re-enable devtools. I am a developer, I need them.

How can I re-enable Chrome's Developer Tools?

  • This might help – Ramhound Mar 5 '15 at 20:01
  • @Ramhound The files mentioned in the answer don't exist for me. – Corey Ogburn Mar 5 '15 at 20:18
  • I tried uninstalling and reinstalling Chrome and now I have the dev tools. I'm still curious what might have caused it to be disabled to begin with, but I guess I'll never know for sure now. – Corey Ogburn Mar 5 '15 at 21:35
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There is a key called DeveloperToolsDisabled in the Registry, See both

Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Google\Chrome
Computer\HKEY_USERS\[USER GUID]\Software\Policies\Google\Chrome 

If it's set to 1, change to 0 and restart Google Chrome.

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