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help! How do I get rid of firefox developer tools.

I am a computer dummy. Firefox is installed in our Windows 8 computer as our browser. Whenever we use it, a very annoying thing called Default Fire Fox Developer tools comes up at the bottom and takes up half our screen. Sometime it lets me hit esc. to close it but then it just pops back up. We use our computer for the net, e mail and social media alongside learning sites for our kids. How can I get rid of this thing? Please help me and explain it like I am 6 .

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Re: help! How do I get rid of firefox developer tools.

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

You can search for devtools.*.enabled via the Search bar at the top of the about:config page and set them to false.

New Contributor

Re: help! How do I get rid of firefox developer tools.

I've got the same problem, maybe even worse. I'm using the current version of FF on Win7 Pro on a fairly new and robust Dell desktop. I marked everything to do with devtools as false, restarted firefox and the computer several times, no luck.

There must be a fix for a problem that shouldn't exist. Mine seems to be the firefox developer console, maybe the same as above. The console pops up randomly, whether I'm browsing, clicking on articles to read, or writing this message.

The console is now empty, since everything is marked false, but I can fill it by checking the boxes in the first tab.

Some letters that seem to trigger the console include o, i, p, l, comma, ], /, ' and return. But not always. Makes me wonder if shortcuts could be involved.

Suggestions will be much appreciated.

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Re: help! How do I get rid of firefox developer tools.

Hi RenoBill, do you mean the one labeled Browser Console that opens in a separate window? The normal keyboard shortcut for that is Ctrl+Shift+j, which doesn't match any of the keys giving you problems. The Web Console, which normally opens in the lower part of the same tab, is assigned to Ctrl+Shift+k, which again doesn't match anything you're typing.

Have you tested in Firefox's Safe Mode? That's a standard diagnostic tool to bypass interference by extensions (and some custom settings). More info: Troubleshoot Firefox issues using Safe Mode.

You can restart Firefox in Safe Mode using

Help > Restart with Add-ons Disabled

In the dialog, click "Start in Safe Mode" (not Reset)

Any change?

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Re: help! How do I get rid of firefox developer tools.

I reset FF and reloaded only add-ons that I've used for at least 6 months, so they are very unlikely to cause this problem. It's still there, the console shows up unexpectedly and usually cannot be closed. Any further ideas?

I'm about to uninstall/reinstall FF, hopefully that will work.

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Re: help! How do I get rid of firefox developer tools.

Make sure to delete the Firefox when you uninstall Firefox.

Create a new profile as a test to check if your current profile is causing the problems.

See "Creating a profile":

If the new profile works then you can transfer some files from an existing profile to the new profile, but be cautious not to copy corrupted files to avoid carrying over the problem.

New Contributor

Re: help! How do I get rid of firefox developer tools.

Try going to your 'TOOLS" menu toolbar at the top of your FF browser, go down to "Web Developer", then click on "Toggle Tools". Did this help?

New Contributor

Re: help! How do I get rid of firefox developer tools.

If this doesn't help go to the 'Tools' menu and click on 'Add-ons', go to 'Extensions' and scroll down until you see 'Web Developer Tools 1.2.5' click on 'disable' or 'Remove'

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Re: help! How do I get rid of firefox developer tools.

wwknight2: Toggle Tools brings up the console, so no help. Thx anyhow.

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Re: help! How do I get rid of firefox developer tools.

wwknight2: I don't have that extension. Too bad, that would be an easy fix.