How to View the HTML Source Code in Internet Explorer

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Although Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser has long been superseded by Microsoft Edge, this venerable browser—now on version 11—still makes an appearance, usually in corporate environments where legacy web-based software was hard-coded for IE support.

Displaying HTML Source

Internet Explorer 11 display source window

With Internet Explorer, as with most browsers including Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome, use the Ctrl+U hotkey to reveal the source of the webpage.

The source is a fancy way of saying that the browser will display the HTML that powers the page rather than rendering it on your behalf.

Most browsers display the source in a new tab. However, IE 11 renders it in a menu bar along the bottom of the page. The Developer Tools screen includes a Debugger tool that shows the raw HTML in a panel.