There are some useful utilities that can be found on the
Tools menu of Internet Explorer toolbar. In the coming sections we will see
some of the utilities and their usages.
This utility is used for resizing the IE window for
different resolutions to customize the HTML design for best fit. We can resize
the IE window for some fixed screen resolution like 800x600, 1024x768, 1280x768
and etc. Also, we can resize the window to any custom resolutions. This feature
will prevent us from changing the actual screen resolution to check the HTML
design's best fit for all resolutions.
This utility will help us to the get a color code by moving
the mouse over any of the colors found on the HTML page. Refer below to figure
8 to see the Color Picker.
Figure 8 - Color Picker
There is a ruler utility which will help us to measure the
exact length of the elements. Refer to Figure 9 which shows the ruler
measurement for the Search box on the rendered HTML page.
Figure 9 - Ruler
Once the color picker is enabled when we hit Ctrl+M key it
will bring the magnifier (Figure 8).
Figure 8 - Magnifier
Other useful things that can be done through IE
We can disable scripts, Popups, and CSS associated with our page
through the Disable menu. Also we can disable the image
that is rendered on the page through image menu.
The View menu gives us the options for
viewing CSS class, element ID’s, links, etc. This menu also gives an option to
view the HTML source of the DOM rendered in the page. “CSS
Selector Matches” option on this menu will gives us the report of number
of matches a particular CSS class is used in the html page.
The outline menu gives us graphical outline of the html page
elements like table, table cells, div tags, image, etc.
The image menu has the options to view ALT texts, size,
dimensions and path of the image element.
The other useful feature that the toolbar offer us is disabling
or clearing cookies, sessions etc. The option “Always Refresh
from server” make the page to always refresh page from the server
instead of using any temporary cache.
We have a validation menu through which we can validate our HTML,
RSS, and CSS, etc.