How to Use Inspect Element on Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

How to Use Inspect Element on Mac

Inspect Element is a powerful tool that allows you to examine and modify the HTML and CSS of a web page. It is especially useful for web developers, designers, and anyone who wants to understand how a webpage is structured or make changes to its appearance.

Step 1: Open the Web Page in Safari

First, open Safari on your Mac and navigate to the web page you want to inspect. You can do this by entering the URL in the address bar or searching for it using a search engine.

Step 2: Access the Developer Tools

To access the Inspect Element feature, go to the Safari menu at the top of your screen and select “Preferences”. In the Preferences window, click on “Advanced”, then check the box next to “Show Develop menu in menu bar.”

Safari Preferences

Now you will see a new “Develop” menu option in your Safari menu bar.

Step 3: Inspect the Elements

With the web page open, click on the “Develop” menu in the menu bar and select “Show Web Inspector.” Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut Option+Command+I.

Show Web Inspector

This will open the Web Inspector panel at the bottom of your Safari window. The panel is divided into several tabs: Elements, Resources, Network, etc. For inspecting HTML elements and CSS styles, we will focus on the “Elements” tab.

Inspecting HTML Elements

The “Elements” tab displays the HTML structure of the web page you’re inspecting. You can navigate through the elements by expanding or collapsing their parent elements. To inspect an element, simply click on it in the tree-like structure.

Inspect Element - HTML

The selected element will be highlighted in blue on both the web page and in the Web Inspector panel. You can view and modify its attributes and styles on the right-hand side of the panel.

Inspecting CSS Styles

To view or modify CSS styles applied to an element, select it in the “Elements” tab and look for its styles in the right-hand side pane under “Styles.”

Inspect Element - CSS

You can add or edit existing styles by double-clicking on them or adding new ones using CSS selectors.

Tips and Tricks

  • Search: You can search for specific elements or styles using the search box in the top-right corner of the Web Inspector panel.
  • Live Editing: You can make changes to the HTML or CSS code directly in the Web Inspector panel, and the changes will be reflected instantly on the web page. This is useful for experimenting with different styles or troubleshooting.
  • Network Analysis: The “Network” tab in the Web Inspector panel allows you to analyze network requests made by the web page, including their timing and response details. This can be helpful for performance optimization.

Now that you know how to use Inspect Element on Mac, you have a powerful tool at your disposal for understanding and modifying web pages. Explore and experiment with different elements, styles, and network requests to enhance your web development skills!


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