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Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar

Brief Description

The Microsoft Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar provides a variety of tools for quickly creating, understanding, and troubleshooting Web pages.


The Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar provides several features for exploring and understanding Web pages. These features enable you to:

  • Explore and modify the document object model (DOM) of a Web page.
  • Locate and select specific elements on a Web page through a variety of techniques.
  • Selectively disable Internet Explorer settings.
  • View HTML object class names, ID's, and details such as link paths, tab index values, and access keys.
  • Outline tables, table cells, images, or selected tags.
  • Validate HTML, CSS, WAI, and RSS web feed links.
  • Display image dimensions, file sizes, path information, and alternate (ALT) text.
  • Immediately resize the browser window to a new resolution.
  • Selectively clear the browser cache and saved cookies. Choose from all objects or those associated with a given domain.
  • Display a fully featured design ruler to help accurately align and measure objects on your pages.
  • Find the style rules used to set specific style values on an element.
  • View the formatted and syntax colored source of HTML and CSS.

The Developer Toolbar can be pinned to the Internet Explorer browser window or floated separately.

Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Please visit the IE Web Development Forum on MSDN to enter bug reports, comments, and suggestions.

System Requirements

  • Supported Operating Systems: Windows Server 2003; Windows Vista; Windows XP


After installing the Developer Toolbar, restart Internet Explorer and click the Developer Toolbar icon in the command bar to display or hide the Developer Toolbar.

You can also open the View menu and then use the Explorer Bar menu. In Internet Explorer 7, open the Tools menu and then use Toolbars->Explorer Bars to display or hide the Developer Toolbar.

Additional Information

Release Notes:

  • If Internet Explorer is running while you install the Developer Toolbar, you must restart Internet Explorer before the Developer Toolbar will work properly.
  • The Developer Toolbar icon may not be visible by default.  If you do not see it after restarting Internet Explorer, click the right-facing arrows at the end of the IE7 command bar to view all available toolbar buttons.
  • Some menu items are unavailable (grayed out) when running Internet Explorer in Protected Mode on Windows Vista.  To use those options, temporarily turn off Protected Mode or right-click the Internet Explorer icon in the Programs menu and choose 'Run as administrator'.
  • In IE6 or in IE7 with tabbed browsing off, using the validation links will navigate the current window to the validation page.  To launch the validation links in a new window, open the Tools menu, click Internet Options..., and uncheck "Reuse windows for launching shortcuts" in the Advanced tab, or use IE7 with tabbed browsing enabled.