You use the Inspector selector to toggle on the particular inspector you want to use for your iOS app. (Xcode makes the decision-making process a bit easier by having your choice of Navigator or Content editor predetermine which inspectors in fact show up in the Inspector selector.)


The Inspector selector:

Utility area inspectors perform a variety of tasks. Following is a list of important inspectors and what you use them for:


File inspector (first button):

Lets you view and manage file metadata such as its name, type, and path.


Quick Help (second button):

Lets you view applicable details about what has been selected in an editor. Details include an abstract or concise description, where and how the selected element is declared, its scope, the parameters it takes, its platform and architecture availability, references, sample code, and so on. Different editors support different elements for selection, as follows:

Symbols, available for selection in the Source editor

Interface objects, available for selection in Interface Builder

Build settings, available for selection in the Project editor

Additional inspectors are available in some editors; for example, Interface Builder offers the following:


Identity inspector:

Lets you view and manage object metadata such as its class, runtime attributes, label, and so forth.


Attributes inspector:

Lets you configure the attributes specific to the selected interface object. For example, some text field attributes include text alignment and color, border type, and editability.


Size inspector:

Lets you specify characteristics such as the initial size and position, minimum and maximum sizes, and autosizing rules for an interface object.


Connections inspector:

Lets you view the outlets and actions for an interface object, make new connections, and delete existing connections. The Connections inspector is where you'll find things like outlets and targets.