You can examine and edit the page's HTML in the HTML pane.

HTML breadcrumbs

At the bottom on the HTML pane is a breadcrumbs toolbar. This shows the complete hierarchy through the document for the branch containing the selected element:

Hovering over a breadcrumb highlights that element in the page.

The breadcrumbs bar has its own keyboard shortcuts.

Note that before Firefox 48, the breadcrumbs toolbar was at the top of the markup pane.


Starting in Firefox 45, the Page Inspector's search box matches all markup in the current document and in any frames.

To start searching the markup, click in the search box to expand it or press Ctrl + F , or Cmd + F on a Mac.

As you type, an autocomplete popup shows any class or ID attributes that match the current search term:

Press Up and Down to cycle through suggestions, Tab to choose the current suggestion, then Enter to select the first node with that attribute.

If you just enter the search term without selecting an autocomplete value, then the search term will be applied to the full text of the document, including all attribute names and values and the text content of nodes.

To cycle through matches, press Enter . From Firefox 48 onwards you can cycle backwards through matches using  Shift + Enter .

HTML tree

The rest of the pane shows you the page's HTML as a tree (this UI is also called the Markup View). Just to the left of each node is an arrow: click the arrow to expand the node. If you hold the Alt key while clicking the arrow, it expands the node and all the nodes underneath it.

Moving the mouse over a node in the tree highlights that element in the page.

Nodes that are hidden using display:none are shown faded (as are nodes that aren't rendered like <head> for example).

::before and ::after

From Firefox 35 onwards, you can inspect pseudo-elements added using ::before and ::after:

Whitespace-only text nodes

New in Firefox 52

Web developers don’t write all their code in just one line of text. They use white space such as spaces, returns, or tabs between their HTML elements because it makes markup more readable.

Usually this white space seems to have no effect and no visual output, but in fact, when a browser parses HTML it will automatically generate anonymous text nodes for elements not contained in a node. This includes white space (which is after all a type of text).

If these auto generated text nodes are inline level, browsers will give them a non-zero width and height. Then you will find strange gaps between elements, even if you haven’t set any margin or padding on them.

Since Firefox 52, the Inspector displays these whitespace nodes, so you can see where the gaps in your markup come from. Whitespace nodes are represented with a circle:  and get an explanatory tooltip when you hover over them:

To see this behavior in action, visit the demo site at

Element popup context menu

You can perform certain common tasks on a specific node using a popup context menu. To activate this menu, context-click the element. The menu contains the following items — click on the links to find the description of each command in the Context menu reference:

* These options only appear in certain contexts, for example the "Open File in Style-Editor" option only appears when you context-click over the top of a link to a CSS file.

Context menu reference

Note: The context menu was significantly reorganised from Firefox 49 onwards, to make it more compact. Don't worry if your menu structure differs slightly to that shown above — the same options will still be available.

Edit as HTML Edit the element's HTML.
(Copy) Inner HTML Copy the inner HTML for the element.
(Copy) Outer HTML

Copy the outer HTML for the element.

Pressing Ctrl + C (or Cmd + C on a Mac) also performs this action.

Copy Unique Selector/CSS Selector Copy a CSS selector that uniquely selects the element.
Copy Image Data-URL Copy image as a data:// URL, if the selected element is an image.
Show DOM Properties Open the split console and enter the console command "inspect($0)" to inspect the currently selected element.
Use in Console

New in Firefox 43

Assigns the currently selected node to a variable named temp0 (or temp1 if temp0 is already taken, and so on), then opens the split console, enabling you to interact with that node using the console's command line.
Expand All

New in Firefox 44

In the tree view, expand the current element and all the elements underneath it. This is equivalent to holding the Alt key and clicking the disclosure triangle next to an element.

New in Firefox 44

In the tree view, collapse the current element. This is equivalent to clicking the disclosure arrow next to an element that's expanded.
(Paste) Inner HTML Paste the clipboard contents into the node as its innerHTML.
(Paste) Outer HTML Paste the clipboard contents into the node as its outerHTML.
(Paste) Before Paste the clipboard contents into the document immediately before this node.
(Paste) After Paste the clipboard contents into the document immediately after this node.
(Paste) As First Child Paste the clipboard contents into the document as the first child of this node.
(Paste) As Last Child Paste the clipboard contents into the document as the last child of this node.
Scroll Into View

Scrolls the web page so the selected node is visible.

From Firefox 44, pressing the keyboard shortcut S will also scroll the selected node into view.

Screenshot Node Takes a screenshot of the selected node, saved to your Downloads directory.
Create New Node Create a new empty <div> as the last child of the currently selected element. See Inserting new nodes.
Duplicate Node

New in Firefox 44

Create a copy of this element, and insert the copy immediately after this element.
Delete Node Delete the element from the DOM.
Attribute/Add Attribute

New in Firefox 44

Add an attribute to the element.
Attribute/Edit Attribute

New in Firefox 44

(only when invoked on an attribute) Edit the attribute.
Attribute/Remove Attribute

New in Firefox 44

(only when invoked on an attribute) Remove the attribute.
Open Link in New Tab (only when invoked over a link, such as an href attribute) Opens the linked item in a new tab.
Open File in Debugger (only when invoked over a link to a JS source) Opens the linked source in the Debugger.
Open File in Style-Editor (only when invoked over a link to a CSS source) Opens the linked source in the Style Editor.
Copy Link Address (only when invoked over a URL) Copy the URL.
:hover Set the :hover CSS pseudo-class.
:active Set the :active CSS pseudo-class.
:focus Set the :focus CSS pseudo-class.

Editing HTML

You can edit the HTML — tags, attributes, and content — directly in the HTML pane: double-click the text you want to edit, change it, and press Enter to see the changes reflected immediately.

To edit an element's outerHTML, activate the element's popup menu and select "Edit As HTML". You'll see a text box in the HTML pane:

You can add any HTML in here: changing the element's tag, changing existing elements, or adding new ones. Once you click outside the box, the changes are applied to the page.

Starting in Firefox 52, if you're editing HTML, the context menu you'll see is the normal one for working with editable text:

Copy and paste

You can use the popup menu to copy nodes in the HTML tree and paste them into the desired location.

Drag and drop

You can edit HTML by moving nodes in the HTML tree. Just click and hold on any element and drag it up or down in the tree. When you release the mouse button, the element will be inserted at the corresponding position:

Starting in Firefox 44, you can cancel the drag and drop by pressing the Esc key.

Inserting new nodes

New in Firefox 48

Starting in Firefox 48, there's a "+" icon at the top of the markup view:

Click this icon to insert an empty <div> into the document as the last child of the currently selected element. You can then edit the new node's content and styling just as you would any other node in the document.

You can access the same functionality using the "Create New Node" popup menu item.

Note that this button is disabled if the selected element's type is such that adding a last-child would have no effect (for example, if is is an <html> or an <iframe> element). However, it is enabled in places where it is not valid to insert a <div>, such as <style> or <link>. In these cases the element is added as text.

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