DevTools Tips

Use full browser window for device emulation

Emulating different devices in the browser is incredibly useful. It gets tricky when you are on a device with limited resolution as the emulated device needs to be zoomed down to fit the screen as a large part of the window is taken up by the Developer Tools.

In Polypane, responsive design mode with multiple devices is the default.

Firefox has a keyboard shortcut to show device emulation without Developer Tools - command + option + M on Mac and ctrl + shift + M on Windows/Linux.

On Chromium based browsers like Chrome and Edge the trick is to start the device emulation and then un-dock the Developer Tools. You can un-dock the tools into their own window using the menu. This gives you the full browser as an emulation playground.

Animation showing device emulation and how to undock the Developer Tools into an own window.