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Microsoft Edge Chromium Gets Caret Browsing Feature. Learn How to Enable It

Posted on the 06 August 2019 by Viney Dhiman @vineydhiman

With every update, Microsoft adds a new feature to its Chromium-based Edge browser, and now they have added Caret browsing feature.

Enable Caret Browsing in Microsoft Edge Chromium

Microsoft was working to bring Native Caret browsing feature to Chromium Edge. Fortunately, the feature is now available in the Edge Canary v 78.0.240 as an experimental feature and interested users can enable the feature using the particular flag.

If you’re not aware of Caret browsing feature, then it is a feature which when enabled offers a moveable cursor in the web page. Instead of the mouse pointer, you can use keyboard keys to select texts on a web page

The feature, when activated offers a movable cursor and allows to select text on a web page by using keyboard keys without using mouse pointer can be called as caret browsing. According to Microsoft explanation on Github, Caret browsing in Edge Chromium is

Caret browsing enables users to navigate web content using the keyboard keys and common shortcuts for character, word and line level navigation. Caret browsing enables full range of text navigation and selection functionality within web content without additional pointing devices like mice, trackpads and touchpads

Enable Caret Browsing in Edge Chromium Canary

1. Make sure, you’re running the latest version or higher, of Edge Chromium Canary, build v78.0.240

2. Next, visit the following flag address: edge://flags/#edge-caret-browsing and using the drop-down for the same change the settings from Default to Enable.

Enable caret browsing edge chromium

3. Click on the Restart button to apply the changes.

Use Caret Browsing in Edge Chromium

Now you have enabled, the Caret browsing in the Microsoft Edge Chromium, here what you need to do to use the feature:

Load any web page in the Edge Chromium browser and then press F7 key. A quick dialog box will open up asking for the permissions, click on Turn on button. Check the following screenshot:

press f7 key to turn on caret browsing in edge chromium

Instantly a blinking cursor will start appearing in the web content. You can use the cursor to go through the web content. Using the cursor, you can select content and to other things for which you usually use Mouse pointer.

Microsoft Edge Chromium gets Caret Browsing Feature. Learn how to enable it

Exit Caret Browsing in Edge Chromium

Whenever you close the Edge browser, it automatically exits the Caret browsing feature.

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