The developer console is, in short terms, a text box that you can type commands into. These commands can do all sorts of things like change your FOV, change your graphics settings, interact with the server, set up binds.. The list goes on!
Unfortunately, the developer console isn’t enabled by default, to enable it you need to:
Go to your CS2 or CS:GO settings > click
Game > Set
Enable Developer Console to
After enabling the developer console, you can open it from anywhere in Counter-Strike by hitting the
~ key (tilde) on your keyboard. For some, the
` key (grave) will also open the console.
Below is an image of the settings screen with the buttons to select highlighted in red:
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