How to Use the Google Chrome Inspect Tool

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Google Chrome’s Inspect feature is actually part of a free set of tools that come with the Chrome browser called the Developer tools. It’s a very versatile tool in that you can use it to identify parts of your code, look at your website CSS, and even do non-destructive edits. If you’re a WordPress user, it’s an invaluable tool that will help you to fix possible site problems and help you customize your site so that it looks exactly as you want it.

We’re going to show you how to use the Inspect tool to look at the code, make non-destructive edits, and also identify the CSS involved in area that you are inspecting.

Login to Google Chrome
Right-click on the website area you want to Inspect
Select Inspect from the pop-up

A console will appear with your code. You can scroll through the code and see it’s relation on the page

You can also look at the Style column on the right for the CSS that affects the site.

Double-click on the code, and you can make non-destructive changes to text or code on the page.

Read our full guide on How to Edit CSS Using Google Chrome Developer Tools

We also have a guide on How to Troubleshoot JavaScript Using Google Chrome Developer Tools

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Mazi has nine years of web development experience with the past five years spent honing his skills with WordPress plugins and themes. He's an expert in WooCommerce and is the author of the Simple Sales Tax plugin, a popular sales tax compliance solution for WooCommerce. Brett understands the importance of excellent communication, prides himself on producing high-quality code, and is comfortable working solo or as part of a team.

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