How you can fix IE8’s slow “View Source”

Monday, June 1st, 2009 | Business | by

I installed Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) on my main machine a few weeks ago, and have been using other browser’s “View Source” since IE8’s default View Source editor takes forever to load.

With all the work, I didn’t have time to figure out how to fix it, but YOU CAN!

IE8 uses an internal viewer by default, but you can easily change it:

  1. Get into the Developer Tools screen (F12 or Tools->Developer Tools)
  2. File->Customize Internet Explorer View Source (yeah I know, weird)
  3. Set to Notepad (like it used to be) or “Other” and use your viewer (I used TextPad)

Now, can anyone recommend a better “View Source” application?  I haven’t looked into this, but it may be a great opportunity to improve efficiency doing HTML and debugging.

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8 Comments to How you can fix IE8’s slow “View Source”

November 6, 2009

Use Notepad++
Brilliant editor and free too!

Evgeniy Dolzhenko
January 29, 2010

Notepad++ installer can even register it as the default HTML viewer.

Now what is sad is that you can’t fix the whole Developer Tools package that way :)

May 5, 2010

THANK YOU. yes, “File->Customize Internet Explorer View Source” is WEIRD.
IE8 was soooo slow, even worse trying to scroll down while the editor was still loading: death trap.

September 13, 2010

IE8 view source completely fail

Why would you make a feature that freezes everytime?

Douglas Lee
September 15, 2010

OMG… Thanks a Gig and then some… As they say at Staples: That Was Easy!

Thanks Again,

September 24, 2010

Omg, awesome fix, so glad someone took some time to figure this out, it was very irritating having to open firefox just view source…

October 14, 2010

thank you a million!! this has bugged my life for a while……

December 7, 2011

Thank you

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