Enable Caret Browsing Support In Internet Explorer 10 using Regedit or Gpedit

Caret Browsing was one of the unique feature of Internet Explorer, introduced in IE8, and which allows users to browse to a webpage by using the keyboard to move the cursor. Caret Browsing supports standard text-editor functionality, such as using the Shift key to select text and copying a selection to the clipboard. This feature is particularly useful to users who do not use a mouse.

In Internet Explorer 10, this is yet another plus along with tons of new features. Pressing F7 will turn on Caret Browsing for that session. But there is no direct option to configure Caret Browsing support for IE for every session. In this article, I’ll show you the way to configure it using Registry and Group Policy Editor.

Enable or disable Caret Browsing Support using Registry Editor

1. Press the Windows Key + R simultaneously and put regedit in Run dialog box.

2. Navigate to the following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\CaretBrowsing

3. In the right pane, create DWORD named “Enabled”, select Modify. You will got this window:

4. Now you can use the following values for Value data section:

Turn Off Caret Browsing Support = ‘0’ (Default setting)

Turn On Caret Browsing Support = ‘1’

5. Close Registry Editor and reboot to see results.

Enable or disable Caret Browsing Support using Group Policy Editor

1. Press Windows Key + R combination and put gpedit.msc in Run dialog box.

2. In the left pane navigate to:

User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Internet Explorer -> Internet Control Panel -> Advanced Page

3. Now in the right pane, you’ll see a policy named Turn on Caret Browsing support as shown above.

4. Double click on this policy to get the window shown below.

5. Now you can use following settings:

Turn Off Caret Browsing  = Select Disabled or Not configured (Default Setting)

Turn On Caret Browsing  Select Enabled

After making changes click Apply followed by OK.

That’s it. Reboot to see the results. Watch the video tutorial.

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An Electrical Engineer by profession, Kapil is a Microsoft MVP and a Microsoft Content Creator. Please read the entire post & the comments first & create a system restore point before making any changes to your system.