Web developers and designers often need to dive deep into the structure of a website to understand its components. Even if you’re not a developer, being able to inspect elements can be valuable for troubleshooting issues or understanding how a website is built.
Safari on Mac offers an “Inspect Element” feature, and this blog post will guide you through how to use it.
Why Use Inspect Element?
There are several reasons to use the Inspect Element feature:
- Learning: Understand how other websites are constructed.
- Styling: Experiment with different styles without affecting the live website.
To follow this guide, make sure you have:
- A Mac computer
- Safari browser installed
Enable the Develop Menu
Before you can inspect elements in Safari, you need to enable the Develop menu.
Step 1: Open Safari Settings
Open Safari and go to
Safari > Settings or use the shortcut
Command + ,.
Step 2: Access the Advanced Tab
Once the Preferences window is open, click on the “Advanced” tab.
Step 3: Enable Develop Menu
At the bottom of the Advanced settings, check the box that says “Show Develop menu in menu bar.”
Using Inspect Element
Now that the Develop menu is visible, you can start inspecting elements.
Step 1: Right-Click on an Element
Find the element you want to inspect, right-click on it, and select “Inspect Element.”
Step 2: Navigate the Inspector
A new window will appear at the bottom of the Safari browser, showing the HTML and CSS for the selected element.
Step 3: Edit and Experiment
You can click on the code to edit it, try new styles, or even toggle elements on and off.
If you plan on inspecting elements often, you might find these shortcuts helpful:
- Open/close Inspect Element:
Option + Command + I
- Directly inspect a specific element:
Option + Command + C
- Changes made in Inspect Element are not permanent; they will disappear when you reload the page.
- The Inspector has many other features, like network monitoring and performance profiling, which you can explore as you get more comfortable with it.
Inspect Element is a powerful feature in Safari that allows you to delve into the intricacies of web development. Whether you’re a professional developer or a curious user, understanding how to use this tool can greatly enhance your understanding and troubleshooting capabilities.