Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar

This little gem is an invaluable tool for any web developer.  “The Microsoft Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar provides a variety of tools for quickly creating, understanding, and troubleshooting Web pages.”  Here’s a list of the features from the download page:

— Explore and modify the document object model (DOM) of a Web page.
— Locate and select specific elements on a Web page through a variety of techniques.
— Selectively disable Internet Explorer settings.
— View HTML object class names, ID’s, and details such as link paths, tab index values, and access keys.
— Outline tables, table cells, images, or selected tags.
— Validate HTML, CSS, WAI, and RSS Web feed links.
— Display image dimensions, file sizes, path information, and alternate (ALT) text.
— Immediately resize the browser window to a new resolution.
— Selectively clear the browser cache and saved cookies. Choose from all objects or those associated with a given domain.
— Choose direct links to W3C specification references, the Internet Explorer team weblog (blog), and other resources.
— Display a fully featured design ruler to help accurately align and measure objects on your pages.

I’ve been using it since beta 1 and it’s definitely a productivity booster.  There is a nice little feature not listed on the download page for those of you whom 508 compliance is a concern.  Have a look at the 508 option under the Validate menu.

Update: Another helpful URL, thanks to Blake is this one from Channel9


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Comments (7)

  1. BlakeHandler says:

    Hmmm  . . . . if it’s so cool — why not give the link to it? (^_^)

  2. FederalDev says:

    Updated to include the link…appreciate the comment/heads-up Blake!

  3. FederalDev says:


    I read a quote somewhere that has always stuck with me.  "Learn to laugh at thyself and thou wilt always be amused."  I’m not sure who wrote it, but those are wise words.  I was definitely amused when I read your comment!  Thanks.


  4. FederalDev says:

    Updated with Channel9 URL from Blake…thanks!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Sara Ford informed me about this post.  I haven’t tried either of the tools.  There seems…

  6. Anonymous says:

    Are you sure that it properly works on Vista too? I’m experiencing some problems during istallation…