Copying content from some webpages can get very tricky sometimes. You have to use a mouse or a trackpad to select text and navigate at the same time. But no more with Caret Browsing. Caret Browsing is a term used for a feature in today’s browsers that lets you navigate around a webpage with arrow keys as if it was a Word document. Caret Browsing is not only useful but also a more natural way of reading for a few users. Caret Browsing was earlier seen in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and Edge Browser, but this post is all about enabling it on Chrome and Firefox browsers.
Turn on Caret Browsing on Firefox
The feature is readily available on Firefox. You can enable it by pressing F7 on your keyboard. F7 is the hotkey associated with Caret Browsing. It is going to be the same for Edge, Firefox and Chrome. Once enabled you can start using navigation keys to move the cursor around. You can also use other keys such as Shift to select text and Ctrl+C to copy it.
Caret Browsing on Firefox is smooth and works if there are a lot of images and tables on the page. To disable it, you can press F7 again.
Enable Caret Browsing on Chrome
Caret Browsing is not supported natively on Google Chrome yet. But there is an extension that can give you almost similar functionality.
The extension itself is called Caret Browsing and it is available for download at Chrome Web Store. Once installed, it can be enabled or disabled using F7.
The extension from Google Accessibility is not as smooth on Google Chrome as per my experience, but we hope it gets better with time.
Click here to download Caret Browsing for Google Chrome.
It is expected that Microsoft will soon bring native Caret Browsing to Google Chrome.