The new full-screen “fast and fluid” experience of IE10 on Windows 8 offers many improvements over Internet Explorer 10 on the Desktop (ranging from UX to Security), but one thing it lacks is the F12 Developer Tools, used by web developers to debug web pages.
While you can use Visual Studio
to debug pages, sometimes, debugging with the lightweight F12 Developer Tools on the Desktop can be simpler. However, what if your bug doesn’t
repro in the Desktop experience?
In many cases, you can emulate the non-Desktop experience on the Desktop by making simple configuration changes:
- Enable Enhanced Protected Mode by clicking Tools > Internet Options > Advanced and ticking the Enhanced Protected Mode checkbox in the Security section near the bottom of the list.
- Enable ActiveX Filtering (Tools > ActiveX Filtering)
- Press F11 to put the IE Window in full-screen mode