How to Fake Edit Website Text Using Nothing but Chrome

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If you’ve spent any amount of time on Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, or any other social media website, then you’ve probably seen your fair share of ridiculous conversations and outrageous threads. Well, most of those are actually… fake!

What a lot of people don’t realize is that screenshots are incredibly easy to doctor, especially if the screenshot is of a website. (Less so if the screenshot involves a mobile app, for example.) And you don’t even need Photoshop!


Maybe you know the usual trick: right-click on any text on a website, select Inspect Element, and you can change it to say whatever you want. Then all you have to do is snap a screenshot and that’s it. So many conversations are faked in this way.

But there’s an even better method: turning on Design Mode.


Open the Chrome console by pressing F12 and clicking on the Console tab. Then, type document.designMode = "on" into the console and press Enter. Lastly, click on any text on the website and start editing it to say whatever you want it to say.

The next time you want to fake a screenshot to make it look like a person or a website is saying something weird, keep this trick in mind. It’s basically the same thing as the “Inspect Element” trick, but so much easier and faster.

Did you know about Design Mode in Chrome? What other awesome tricks do you know about? Tell us about them in the comments below!

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