The Toolbox provides a single home for most of the developer tools that are built into Firefox.
There are three main ways to open the Toolbox:
- Right-click a mouse on any element in the page, and select Inspect from the popup menu.
- Open the Hamburger menu () and select More tools > Web Developer Tools (Firefox 88 and earlier use the top-level menu Web Developer rather than More tools).
- Press Ctrl + Shift + I on Windows and Linux, or Cmd + Opt + I on OS X. See also keyboard shortcuts.
By default, the window appears docked to the bottom side of the Firefox window, but you can detach it if you like. This is what it looks like when it's docked:
The window itself is split into two parts: a toolbar along the top, and a main pane underneath:
Note: Since Firefox 62, you can drag and drop tabs in the main toolbar of the toolbox to reorder your tools as you wish (bug 1226272).
By default, the Toolbox appears docked to the bottom of the browser window, but you can also dock it to the right-hand side of the window, or make it a standalone window, using buttons in the toolbar.
The toolbar contains controls to activate a particular tool, to dock/float the window, and to close the window.
On the far left there's a button to activate the node picker. This lets you select a page element for inspection. See "Selecting elements".
Then there is an array of labeled buttons which enables you to switch between the different tools hosted by the Toolbox. The array may include the following tools:
- Page Inspector
- Web Console
- Network Monitor
- Style Editor
- Performance Tool
- Memory Tool
- Storage Inspector
- Accessibility Inspector
- Application Tool
- DOM Property Viewer
Note that not all the hosted tools are always listed here: only the tools actually available in this context are shown (for example, not all tools support remote debugging yet, so if the debugging target is not the Firefox instance that launched the window, not all the hosted tools will be shown).
- Select a frame as the currently targeted document (this is only included by default from Firefox 41 onwards).
- Highlight painted area
- Take a screenshot of the entire page: take a screenshot of the complete web page and saves it in your Downloads directory
- Toggle rulers for the page
- Measure a portion of the page: measure a part of the website by selecting areas within the page
Finally there's a row of buttons to:
- close the window
- Responsive Design Mode
There's also a meatball menu button that consists of following options:
The content of the main pane in the window is entirely controlled by, and specific to, the hosted tool currently selected.
Toolbox shortcuts lists the shortcuts that work whenever the toolbox is open, no matter which tool is active. This same page also lists tool-specific keyboard shortcuts.