January 17, 2018 10:00 am

Improvements to the DevTools Console in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

By / Program Manager, Microsoft Edge DevTools

We made significant improvements to the Microsoft Edge DevTools in EdgeHTML 16 with the Windows 10 Fall Creator’s Update, including new support for DOM mutation breakpoints and event and CSS inspection in the new Elements tab.

Today, we’d like to walk through new improvements we’ve made to the Console to improve the output and input experiences of working with the Console. Our main goals were to increase the flexibility of the Console in displaying information, and to increase your productivity when working with the Console prompt.

First, let’s cover the new features we made to improve the user experience of Console output.

Log message consolidation and UX improvements

Have you ever written a console.log statement in a for loop and watched your entire Console fill up with output? Or have you found it difficult to easily spot the differences between warnings, info, and errors without having to resort to using filters?

To help address issues like these, we’ve updated the Console output to better differentiate between console message types. In addition, the Console will now consolidate repeated messages.

Sample code:

Console output:

Screen capture showing consolidated Console output (coalesced into 100 each of Errors, Warnings, Info, and Logs, with a different color, icon, and highlight used for each type.)

This can dramatically reduce clutter, while making it simpler to scan and easily differentiate different types of output.

Displaying tabular data with console.table

A table is a great visualization tool to help display arrays and tabular data. The DevTools Console now supports console.table, allowing you to output your data in rows and columns.

Sample code:

Console output:

Screen capture of the DevTools Console output showing a formatted table with four columns.

Additionally, the Console supports configurating which columns you wish to display. This gives you the flexibility to hone in on the right set of information for your project.

Sample code:

console.table(data, ["name"]);

Console output:

Screen capture showing the Console output filtered to a two-column table showing only "(index)" and "name" columns.

CSS formatting for Console messages

If you want to take complete control of the display of log messages, you can now do so with CSS formatting directly inside the Console. Simply add CSS styling rules to your console.log call, and you can customize the output to make your messages really stand out.

Sample code:

console.log("%cHello Logs!", "font-size: xx-large; color: azure");

Console output:

Screen capture showing console output formatted using CSS (in this case, the font is xx-large and colored azure)

These changes make it easier to parse and organize Console output. We’ve also made a few improvements to working with input in the Console.

Multi-line support, Improved IntelliSense, and Console API support

First, we’ve added a small-but-helpful feature in support for multi-line input. Simply use SHIFT+ENTER to create a new line without executing the command beforehand.

Additionally, we’ve added a faster, richer IntelliSense experience supported by the Monaco Editor, so you can be more productive in the Console. Just start typing, and you’ll see all the helpful auto-completions you’ve come to expect using other developer tools with IntelliSense today:

Screen capture showing the Monaco IntelliSense experience in the DevTools console

Finally, we’ve added several new Console APIs to round out the developer tools experience, including:

 
Screen capture showing the $x(xpath expression) selector autocomplete in the DevTools console

Check out the Microsoft Edge DevTools guide for exhaustive documentation on all the available and supported Console APIs and Console Commands.

We’re fully invested in making the DevTools even better so you can have the most productive development experience in Microsoft Edge. Your feedback helps us prioritize what to build next, so please get in touch if you have any thoughts or issues! We welcome your suggestions on UserVoice. If you have issues or feedback, please use the Feedback Hub app in Windows to file a bug. Finally, if you have any questions, reach out to us on Twitter @EdgeDevTools!

Paul Gildea, Program Manager, Microsoft Edge DevTools

Updated June 28, 2018 7:30 am

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  1. Love all the new improvements! Console.table looks really nice.

    Is a dark theme planned? Other browsers let me choose, and I find it easier in the eyes, specially at night.

    Thanks.