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How to Activate the Hidden Color Picker in Internet Explorer

If you are a web developer and use Internet Explorer, you will be pleased to know that it includes a color picker as part of the developer tools. Here’s how to enable it.

Activating the Hidden Color Picker in Internet Explorer

The first thing you will need to do is click on the Settings menu, then launch the F12 Developer Tools.


Now click on the Tools menu and select  Show color picker.


That’s all there is to it, simply take the eye dropper and click any element on the page to get its RGB and HEX color codes.


  • Lady Fitzgerald

    The article tells how to activate the color picker but doesn't say what it is. What the heck is it?

  • Lowell Heddings

    I suppose we should have started with that. The color picker lets you choose a color from the current page, whether from an image, or anything else on the page. That color can then be copied to the clipboard in hex format to be used in Photoshop, an HTML editor, or anywhere else you might want to use it.

  • Lady Fitzgerald

    Sorry for the delay but I somehow missed your reply. Thanks!

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  • Published 04/8/13


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