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How to open the console

This article will cover how to open the developer console on the four main browsers via keyboard shortcut and menu selection - Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Safari. Links to instructions for each different browser are below.

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How to open the console on Google Chrome


Keyboard shortcut - Control, Shift, and J (on a PC) or Command, Option, and J (on a Mac).

Menu method

Step 1 - From the button in the top right hand corner of your browser (3 horizontal lines), hover over 'More tools'

Step 2 - You should then see a drop down menu where you can select 'JavaScript Console'



 

How to open the console on Internet Explorer


Keyboard shortcut - F12 (and then select the 'Console' tab)

Menu method

Step 1 - From the button in the top right hand corner of your browser ('Tools', the 8 pronged cog symbol), select 'F12 Developer Tools'



Step 2 - Select the 'Console' tab


How to open the console on Mozilla Firefox


Keyboard shortcut - Control, Shift, and K (on a PC) or Command, Option, and K (on a Mac).

Menu method

Step 1 - From the button in the top right hand corner of your browser (3 horizontal lines), select 'Developer' (Spanner symbol)



Step 2 - In the pop-up menu, select 'Web Console'



 

How to open the console on Safari


Keyboard shortcut - Command, Option, and C

Menu method

Step 1 - From the top left hand corner of your screen, select 'Safari' (next to the Apple logo)


Step 2 - In the drop down menu, select 'Preferences...'



Step 3 - In the pop-up window, select the furthest right tab 'Advanced'



Step 4 - At the bottom of the 'Advanced' window, you should see the option 'Show Develop menu in menu bar'. Tick this.



Step 5 - Close the pop-up window.

Step 6 - Now, along the menu bar at the top of the screen, you should see the word 'Develop' between 'Bookmarks' and 'Window'. Click this.



Step 7 - In the drop-down menu, you'll see the option 'Show Error Console'. Click this to open the console.




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