Wednesday, February 8, 2012

IE 8 Developer Tools Window Not Displaying

When using IE 8, you try to open the Developer Tools (F12 or via Tools -> Developer Tools). Either way the Developer Tools show up on the Task Bar, but the window will not be displayed. Open, close, restart and nothing fixes it.

It actually appears that the Developer Tools are moving off the active screen (and in a minimized state):

So what is actually happening:
The developer tools are opening (just not on the active screen).

In order to bring it up:

  • Select 'Developer Tools' as your active window (Hotkey: Alt+Tab)
  • Type Alt+Space to bring up the system menu
  • Select "Move" and then re-position the Developers tools to the active screen
  • Re-size the window

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