How to Open Inspect Element on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Are you a Mac user who wants to learn how to open Inspect Element? Look no further!

In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps to open Inspect Element on your Mac, so you can easily inspect and modify the HTML and CSS of any webpage. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Launch Safari

To begin, open up your Safari browser on your Mac. Safari is the default web browser for Mac users and provides a powerful set of developer tools.

Step 2: Access the Develop Menu

Next, navigate to the top menu bar and click on “Safari”. A dropdown menu will appear.

Scroll down until you see the “Preferences” option and click on it. Alternatively, you can use the shortcut Command + Comma (,) to open Preferences.

A new window will pop up with several tabs at the top. Click on the “Advanced” tab in this window.

Step 2.1: Show Develop Menu

In the Advanced tab, check the box that says “Show Develop menu in menu bar“. This will enable the Develop menu in Safari.

Step 3: Open Inspect Element

Now that we have enabled the Develop menu, close out of Preferences by clicking on the red “x” button in the top left corner of the window.

To open Inspect Element, simply go back to your top menu bar and click on “Develop”. A dropdown menu will appear with various options.

Step 3.1: Choose a Webpage

The options listed in the Develop menu are all different webpages that you currently have open in Safari. If you want to inspect the elements of a specific webpage, simply hover over the desired webpage in the list, and another dropdown menu will appear with additional options.

From this dropdown menu, you can choose to “Inspect Element” by clicking on it. Alternatively, you can use the shortcut Command + Option + I to open Inspect Element directly.

Step 4: Explore Inspect Element Panel

Once you have opened Inspect Element, a panel will appear at the bottom or right side of your Safari window. This is where all the magic happens!

The Inspect Element panel provides a wealth of information about the webpage’s HTML structure and CSS styles. You can navigate through the HTML code by clicking on different elements in the panel or directly on the webpage itself.

You can also modify and experiment with CSS styles by editing values in real-time. Simply double-click on a CSS property and enter your desired value.

Step 4.1: Elements Tab

The Elements tab in Inspect Element displays the HTML structure of the webpage. You can expand and collapse elements to analyze their content and hierarchy.

  • Bold text: Represents important tags or actions
  • Underlined text: Indicates clickable elements or options
  • List item 1: Outlines specific steps or instructions
  • List item 2: Provides additional details or tips

Step 4.2: Styles Tab

In the Styles tab, you can view and modify CSS styles applied to each element. This includes properties like font size, color, margin, padding, and more.

Tip: Experiment with different values to see how they affect the webpage’s appearance. You can see instant updates in the browser as you make changes.


Congratulations! You have successfully learned how to open Inspect Element on your Mac using Safari. Now you can explore and analyze the HTML and CSS of any webpage, enabling you to better understand how websites are built and styled.

Remember, Inspect Element is a powerful tool for developers and designers alike. It allows you to troubleshoot issues, test out new styles, or simply satisfy your curiosity about how a website is constructed.

Happy inspecting!

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