Like most of the people, you probably use mouse to select text on a webpage during internet browsing and just for typing purpose, you use keyboard. But what would you call it, if you can select text on a webpage by using keyboard only? This is what we call as called Caret Browsing or Caret Navigation where a caret (also known as ‘text cursor’ or ‘text insertion cursor’ or ‘text selection cursor) is used to navigate within webpage, same as Microsoft Word. But this feature is not supported by all browsers, Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox support Caret Browsing.
To enable or disable Caret Browsing on a webpage, just press ‘F7’ function key. It will prompt you to turn Caret Browsing on, press ‘Yes’ and Caret Browsing will be enabled. Now you can use various navigation keys on your keyboard including ‘Home’, ‘End’, ‘Page Up’, ‘Page Down’, 4 arrow keys to select text, hold ‘Shift’ key and move the caret to select multiple lines. Almost it looks like a cellphone browser, quite useful when you are using laptop touchpad rather than a mouse.
To enable caret browsing in Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox:
– Press F7 function key and then click ‘Yes’ on the popup window
– To enable Caret Browsing for new window and tabs (only for Internet Explorer), click on ‘Tools’ (‘Gear’ icon on top right hand corner), go to Internet Options > Advanced and mark the check box ‘Enable Caret Browsing for new windows and tabs‘ true.
To disable Caret Browsing, press F7 again. If the checkbox ‘Enable Caret Browsing for new windows and tabs‘ is marked, uncheck it.
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