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Internet Explorer – F12 Developer Tools not working or grayed out

Posted by Brajesh Panda on January 24, 2013

I was doing some ADFS troubleshooting related to cookie and was trying F12 to open the Developer Tools window. But it was not working at all.

As Menu bar is not visible, did F10 to check if there is something wrongly configured and found F12 options under Tools is grayed out.

After doing some Google research found there a GPO setting for this. Start – Run – Gpedit.msc – Local Computer Policy – Computer configuration – Administrative templates – Windows Components – Internet explorer – Toolbars – Disable the “Turn Off Developer Tools” setting

Here is how it looks like now when I do F12 on webpage. To view cookie information click on Cache – View Cookie Information. It will open another Tab with all detailed information. You can clear cookie for this domain from Cache tool – kind of cool, without deleting other information. However this option only shows cookie of current website.

Does anybody know how to read other already existing cookies in IE cookie store for other websites which I have already accessed?

If you want to read about cookie management in Chrome, read here.


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