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Can I turn off or disable Javascript Scratchpad?

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Can I turn off or disable Javascript Scratchpad?

Sometimes, when I start to type in an email or a form, Javascript Scratchpad opens, and I'm typing in that window. I don't know anything about Scratchpad and don't want it to open. Why does it open? Is there any way I can turn that off?

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Re: Can I turn off or disable Javascript Scratchpad?

{Shft + F4} opens the Scratchpad - could you be inadvertently triggering it with that key combo?

New Contributor

Re: Can I turn off or disable Javascript Scratchpad?

I saw that shortcut, but I don't think that's the problem. On my keyboard, the F4 is relatively out of reach. But it makes me wonder if I inadvertently made some kind of other shortcut on the keyboard that's triggering it. I know it happens when I use shift + a letter to start a sentence or fill in a form, but I haven't paid attention to what the letter is. I need to figure out if I can clear any existing shortcuts and see if that clears it up.

New Contributor

Re: Can I turn off or disable Javascript Scratchpad?

I am having the same problem, likely triggered from a recent upgrade to Firefox. Every time I hit the SHIFT key to author anything, it opens the scratchpad. Very annoying. I don't want to disable Java completely...so how can this feature be disabled entirely? Everything I've found tells you how to access it (ie, SHIFT+F4) but not how to UNDO it.

Help? Anyone?

Site Moderator

Re: Can I turn off or disable Javascript Scratchpad?

Various Web Developer tools each have their own pref on the about:config page to enable or disable them.

  • devtools.scratchpad.enabled
  • devtools.inspector.enabled

You can search for devtools via the Search bar at the top of the about:config page.

You can set the Boolean pref devtools.scratchpad.enabled to false on the about:config page to disable the Scratchpad.

New Contributor

Re: Can I turn off or disable Javascript Scratchpad?

I changed the 'enabled' to the following:

devtools.scratchpad.enabled;false devtools.inspector.enabled;false

And it is still happening. Smiley Sad

Any more ideas? Thanks for trying!

Site Moderator

Re: Can I turn off or disable Javascript Scratchpad?

Start Firefox in Safe Mode to check if one of the extensions or if hardware acceleration is causing the problem (switch to the DEFAULT theme: Firefox/Tools > Add-ons > Appearance/Themes).

New Contributor

Re: Can I turn off or disable Javascript Scratchpad?

You have been so patient and helpful, so thank you.

Unfortunately, it is already on the default theme (13.0.1)

I took the liberty of resetting my Firefox to default settings and it still isn't removing this annoying scratchpad! It's stuck like glue. Smiley Sad

I am hoping to get this fixed so thanks for being so patient while I try each of your suggestions.

Site Moderator

Re: Can I turn off or disable Javascript Scratchpad?

I'm not seeing the Scratchpad in the menu after disabling the pref and closing and restarting Firefox and the Shift+F4 shortcut doesn't work as well.

New Contributor

Re: Can I turn off or disable Javascript Scratchpad?

Strange. I am wondering if it isn't even attached to Firefox then? It's still present. I have definitely restored to default, changed the preferences to devtools to false, restarted, etc. This is such a pain. Smiley Sad