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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

On a PC, press Ctrl, Shift, and J at the same time
On a MAC, press Command, Option, and J.

Menu method

1. Click on the three dots in the upper right corner
2. Choose "More tools", then "Developer tools"
3. A new screen will open up, 
select the "Console" tab on top of it

How to open the console on Internet Explorer

Keyboard shortcut

Press 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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