Open Bug 1091462 Opened 5 years ago Updated Last year

Provide an icon for the toolbar to activate/deactivate the devtools panel

Categories

(DevTools :: General, defect)

defect
Not set

Tracking

(Not tracked)

People

(Reporter: paul, Unassigned)

Details

+++ This bug was initially created as a clone of Bug #1067337 +++

Original comment from Pascal:

AFAIK, There is no easy way to activate the devtools panel, you either use the keyboard (CTRL+SHIFT+I) or you go though the menus/submenus (click on hamburger menu, then on development icon then on devtools menu item).

I think those are fine defaults for end users to avoid them opening devtools and be confused, but for webdevs, there should be the possibility to add a toggle icon for the devtools in the main toolbar, just like Firebug and Web developer add-ons do.

Note that if I am testing on a tablet, the keyboard shortcut is also not an option.

Webdevs are also web users, so there should be an easy way to switch between surfing mode and devtools mode.

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We had to clone this bug because we got sidetracked with a dev edition specific feature in bug 1067337.

Summary of the situation:

If we add a toggle button, what happens with the developer menu?

Do we want to build a menubutton (like the bookmark button)? See attachment 8509705 [details]. It's apparently complicated to do. See bug 1067337 comment 9.

We could just make the devtools button toggle the toolbox, but then we lose easy access to a couple of features. See bug 1067337 comments 28 to 36.
Product: Firefox → DevTools
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