How To Use Caret Browsing

Caret Browsing is when you use your keyboard to navigate a web page as you would if you were in a text editor or word processing application. This style of moving within a document is nothing new as it’s been around for a very long time, however most don’t know it exists in web browsers. IE and Firefox both have the Caret Browsing feature, accessible by pressing F7 on your keyboard.

The best use of Caret Browsing is to precisely select blocks of text. When you use your mouse to highlight text, often it will occur that the browser selects something you didn’t want to. With Caret Browsing, the browser enables a cursor that you can move with your keyboard and get right to where you want to be, highlight, select, copy and then paste into your preferred text or document editor.

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  1. I know about caret browsing since my cat loves to walk on my keyboard while I’m on it.

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  3. Synapse Syndrome says:

    I must admit that I never realised that you could CRTL+select in Firefox (seems that you cannot do that in other browsers) and I never bothered to find out what that Caret Browsing was about. Looks pretty useful.

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