How to set Internet Explorer 8 View Source Tool/Editor

IE8 includes a new syntax highlighting View Source tool similar to what is available in other web browsers. However, you may not want to use the built-in, view-only tool. It’s easy to change.


Start Internet Explorer 8 if it isn’t already started. Within IE8, click the Tools menu, then select Developer Tools (or just press [F12]).


2) Then, from the developer tools, select File, Customize Internet Explorer View Source, and then Other….


A file open dialog is displayed. Navigate to the application you want to use … for example Visual Studio 2008:


That’s it!


Note (how to completely reset Internet Explorer 8 View Source option):

When I first installed IE8, after having installed earlier builds of IE8 (beta and RC), I wasn’t able to reset the view source option back to the Default Viewer. (I’ve later noticed that even after selecting Default Viewer, it never actually leaves the Default Viewer option selected, even if that is the current option). After some registry hunting, you may need to clear out a registry setting that is incorrectly set.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\VirtualStore\MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\View Source Editor\Editor Name


The Key’s (Default) value was set to Notepad on my machine, which would cause IE8 to always use Notepad to view source, even though I wanted to use the built-in view source option. I cleared the value (but did not remove the key) and everything began working as normal again. Using the menu option within the developer tool’s in IE8 does not appear to set this value correctly, even though it is used as a potential supplying key/value.

Hope this helps someone!

Annoying / Funny Photo Phrases you’ve probably heard …

Via Scott Kelby, “Top Ten Annoying Things That Photographers Say to Each Other.”

Although most weren’t really that funny, #8, “Dude! Dude! You’re in my shot!” brought back a memory of a recent trip to Oregon.

My wife and I were visiting Oregon and were hitting a bunch of hiking and view spots near the Columbia River Gorge area and stopped at Multnomah Falls. The falls, from the ground view that is most accessible to tourists, is actually partially blocked by a wonderful stone bridge that connects two plateaus. 

There are often people in these popular tourist locations that want to be in control — such is the nature of some people (unfortunately, probably more often than not U.S.A. citizens). There were several people standing at ground level, YELLING up at the people on the bridge, “GET OFF THE BRIDGE! CLEAR THE BRIDGE!” Over and over and over. They wanted to take a picture without the people obscuring nature.

My personality – I said to my wife, “I’m running up to the bridge to wave down at these morons.” She decided for me that I wouldn’t do that. Needless to say, the people standing on the bridge didn’t move.

Although I would have liked to have a picture without all of the people – I didn’t mind there were people as it was part of the experience. We weren’t alone there – why should my photos show it any other way?