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Enable the Google Publisher Console

There are a few ways to view the Publisher Console, which can only be used on webpages containing Google Publisher Tags.

Once you open the Publisher Console, you can click Troubleshoot in the upper right corner to open the Delivery Inspector in DFP. You can find out why certain ads delivered and not others, which line item would deliver if you were to request the ad slot again, and more.

Bookmark method (Recommended)

This JavaScript function call opens the Google Publisher Console at any point while viewing a page that has the GPT library loaded.

You can create a bookmark that executes the JavaScript necessary to open the Google Publisher Console. You can set this on any browser in desktop or mobile web environments.

To create the bookmark in Chrome:

  1. In Chrome, click the More icon More and then select Bookmarks and Bookmark Manager.
  2. In the Bookmark Manager, right-click where you’d like to add the bookmark and click Add page....
  3. Enter a name (e.g., Publisher Console).
  4. Copy and paste this code into the “URL” box:
    javascript: googletag.openConsole();
  5. Navigate to a website.
  6. Click on your newly created bookmark to open the Publisher Console.
    • The bookmark will appear where you placed it in step 2. For example, it may be in the bookmarks bar under the address bar.
    • For mobile web, you may need to load the bookmark through the address bar.

Other options

Console method

After loading the page, enter googletag.openConsole() in your browser’s JavaScript console.

To get to the JavaScript console in Chrome, click the More icon More at the top right of your browser window, select More tools > Developer Tools, and then click the Console tab.
URL method
This option doesn’t work on all websites.

Before loading the page, append one of these query string parameters to your page’s URL:

  • google_console=1: Makes the Publisher Console toggleable using a keyboard shortcut (see below).
  • google_force_console=1: Causes the Publisher Console to display automatically after the page is loaded.

Turn the Publisher Console on or off

After you’ve loaded the Google Publisher Console using any of the above methods, you can subsequently toggle it on or off using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+F10 (on a Mac, use fn+control+F10).

To prevent the Google Publisher Console from loading on subsequent page loads, be sure to close out of the Console. Click the Close button Close in the upper right corner of the Console.

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