Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar


If you’re doing complicated CSS markup, or just doing something simple like hacking up the CSS on your MSDN blog (for example :-)), there’s a tool you must have: the Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar.


IE Developer Toolbar

It adds the above toolbar to your browser, which can be used to quickly and easily drill down into the details of the structure of the page you’re viewing: the DOM, the HTML and CSS markup, image sizes, and so on. It also has handy features for resizing your browser to specific resolutions such as 800×600, selectively disabling CSS or images or Javascript, and — my favorite — a way to put an outline around every div, table, or other arbitrary element on the current page. When you’re trying to rip off other people’s great ideas for standards-based web design (er, I mean “trying to get creative”), this thing is a Godsend.


It works with Beta 2 of Internet Explorer 7, and the combination of the features mentioned above and IE7’s well-implemented tabbed interface makes for a very productive combination. Go get them both — they’re free!

Comments (4)

  1. Jeff Parker says:

    It’s not Beta anymore? When did this happen I have been using the beta version all along. Oh well off to download this version

  2. Jeff Parker says:

    Oh never mind this is still the Beta 2 version I have this one already. the page you linked too didn’t say it was Beta 2 still.

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=e59c3964-672d-4511-bb3e-2d5e1db91038&DisplayLang=en

    Anyway though it is still a great tool I can;t wait for final version

  3. dmahugh says:

    Thanks for the info, Jeff.  I just saw that page, and since it didn’t explictly say Beta I thought it was released.  But everything seems to work fine in this version — I’ve used most of the functionality and haven’t run into any problems at all.

  4. MSDNArchive says:

    I’ve been looking for something like this for IE.  I’ve been using the Firefox one and now I can do this in IE 7 too – thanks Doug!

    -Don