View Page Source” is a feature available in web browsers that allows users to see the HTML, CSS, and JavaScript code that makes up a web page. This feature is useful for developers, designers, and curious users who want to understand how a web page is structured and styled, or to troubleshoot issues with a website.

To view a page’s source code, users can typically right-click on the page and select “View Page Source” from the context menu, or use a keyboard shortcut such as Ctrl+U (Windows) or Option+Command+U (Mac).

Examples of when “View Page Source” might be used:

  • Learning web development: Aspiring web developers can use “View Page Source” to study the code of well-designed websites and learn HTML, CSS, and JavaScript techniques.
  • Troubleshooting issues: If a web page is not displaying correctly or functioning as expected, developers can use “View Page Source” to identify and fix problems in the code, such as missing closing tags or incorrect file paths.
  • Inspecting elements: Designers and developers can use “View Page Source” in combination with the browser’s built-in developer tools (often accessed by pressing F12) to inspect specific elements on a page, view their styles, and experiment with changes in real-time.
  • Verifying SEO elements: Digital marketers and SEO professionals can use “View Page Source” to check if a web page has the correct meta tags, header structure, and other elements that influence search engine rankings.
  • Checking for content updates: Users can sometimes use “View Page Source” to see if a web page’s content has been updated, even if the visual appearance of the page hasn’t changed, by looking for changes in the HTML code.

It’s important to note that “View Page Source” only shows the client-side code of a web page, which is the code that is sent from the server to the user’s browser. It does not show any server-side code, such as PHP or Python scripts, that may have been used to generate the page dynamically.