When trying to debug a non-working circuit on a PCB, it can be difficult to trace the circuit flow visually, as described in the answer to this excellent and related question:
How can I reverse engineer a simple through-hole board?
Traces on the top layer can be hidden under bulky components like transformers, heat sinks and capacitors, so sometimes you have to take an educated guess and use the continuity setting on a standard multimeter to check where a signal is going.
However, this will also "beep" when the signal goes through an inductor. Missing that could lead to a time-wasting misunderstanding of the circuit.
It might also beep when going through a low-value resistor, but I'm not so worried about those since it's easier to see traces around and under an axial resistor.
Is there a simple way to check for continuity that does not signal positive for inductors of "reasonable" sizes?
Obviously every PCB trace has stray inductance but I don't want to limit any answer by setting an arbitrary cutoff.
Let's assume I have access to a basic multimeter, power supply, oscilloscope, and function generator.