How to get the active element in DevTools

Most modern browsers have a console shorthand you can use to get the element that’s currently active in the inspector. Once you’ve highlighted an element, you can refer to it by typing $0 in the console.

In the image below, I have the <h1> element highlighted in the inspector.

A screenshot showing the H1 element highlighted in the inspector

To access it in the console, I can use the $0 shorthand:

A screenshot to show that typing $0 shows the active element in the console

This gives you the same access to the element as if you had selected it using the querySelector() method or similar 👍


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