Viewing the HTML source of a web page is one of the easiest ways to learn HTML. If you see something on a website, and want to know how they did it, view the source. Or if you just like their layout, view the source. I learned a lot of HTML simply by viewing the source of web pages that I saw. It’s a great way for beginners to learn HTML.
But remember that source files can be very complicated. There will probably be a lot of CSS and script files along with the HTML, so don’t get frustrated if you can’t figure out what’s going on immediately. Viewing the HTML source is just the first step. After that you can use tools like Chris Pederick’s Web Developer extension to look at the CSS and scripts as well as inspect specific elements of the HTML.
- Open Internet Explorer
- Navigate to the web page you would like to know more about
- Click on the “View” menu in the top menubar
- Click on “Source”
This will open a text window (usually Notepad) with the HTML source of the page you’re looking at.
- On most web pages you can also view the source by right-clicking on the page (not on an image) and choosing “View Source.”
What You Need
- Internet Explorer