[webkit-help] How to open the Web Inspector?

aaron reed joevolleyball at hotmail.com
Tue Jan 31 13:27:29 PST 2012

I'm guessing that it is just a bug.  You could try looking in the bug tracker to see if it has been reported.  Something else that happened to me one time was that I didn't have the browser window open large enough to see the inspector, etc. since they are appended to the current window rather than opening up separate windows.  Try going full screen and doing it.  Or resizing the browser window after you say inspect to see if that helps.  Otherwise I have no ideas.

Good luck,

From: davehbenson at gmail.com
Date: Tue, 31 Jan 2012 13:15:28 -0500
Subject: Re: [webkit-help] How to open the Web Inspector?
To: joevolleyball at hotmail.com

Hi Aaron,
I tried all this, but no dice. Right-click -> inspect element does nothing, even after I set the WebKitDeveloperExtras flag. (And I shouldn't even need to do, since I downloaded a pre-build binary).

Thanks anyway.
Any other ideas?


On Tue, Jan 31, 2012 at 12:18 PM, aaron reed <joevolleyball at hotmail.com> wrote:

>From my own build on windows, I open the context menu over an HTML document by right clicking and then clicking on the 'inspect element' menu item.  Don't know if it is the same on Mac.  The web developer extras should be enabled by default on a nightly build that is downloaded so inspect element should be there.  If you did your own build then you might have to do it by hand:

defaults write com.apple.Safari \
WebKitDeveloperExtras -bool true

Hope this helps,

From: davehbenson at gmail.com

Date: Mon, 30 Jan 2012 23:09:11 -0500
To: webkit-help at lists.webkit.org
Subject: [webkit-help] How to open the Web Inspector?

Hi there,

This is probably a silly question, but I'm perplexed.  How do I open the Web Inspector?

I'm using the latest nightly build for Mac (r106264).  When I click on "Show Web Inspector" or "Show Error Console" in the developer menu, nothing happens. 

What am I doing wrong?  Or what can I do to investigate the source of the problem. Does anyone have any idea? 

Many thanks,


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