With the release of Chrome 90, Google is rolling out a new browser feature that lets you create a shareable link to a section of text you've highlighted on a webpage. Here's how to use it.

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Sometimes when you share a webpage link with someone, you just want to bring their attention to a specific passage or sentence to make your point, rather than have them read through the entire article.

Last year, Google created an extension called Link to Text Fragment that does just this. Recognizing its utility, the tech giant has integrated the function into its browser to coincide with the release of Chrome 90.

To use the feature, visit a web page and simply highlight the text you want to create a link to, then right-click and choose Copy Link to Highlight from the dropdown menu.

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The "Copy Link to Highlight" option

This will generate a URL that includes a hash (#) symbol. All you need to do is share the link with someone, and when they click it they'll be sent directly to that part of the webpage with the specific passage highlighted, as shown below.

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The shared link in action

Unfortunately, the highlight links that Chrome generates only work in Edge and Chrome, therefore users running other browsers won't see the highlighted text. However, they'll still be sent to the webpage in question, so the link isn't completely useless to Safari or Firefox users.

Google says the copy link to highlight feature is currently rolling out to desktop and Android devices, and is coming soon to iOS. If you're using the desktop browser and you've updated to Chrome 90 but you're not seeing the option yet, you can enable it manually by navigating to Chrome://flags and enabling the copy-link-to-text flag (use the search field to find it).

Tag: Chrome

Top Rated Comments

Lnds500 Avatar
17 months ago
These little stupid features is what I truly miss from chrome.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Vol Braakzakje Avatar
17 months ago
I actually like this feature. It's just a pity I will never use any Google products.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MBAir2010 Avatar
17 months ago
which means more tracking while browsing websites, well:

"Apple WebKit security and privacy engineer John Wilander expressed concern that Google's FLoC algorithm, being tested in Google's Chrome browser, can be used to construct identifiers for tracking people as they visit different websites." Thomas Claburn Sat 17 Apr 2021

google should FLoC off!
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Gabebear Avatar
17 months ago
This feature seems poorly conceived. Text constantly changes and these links won’t be good for long. The web already lets you link to text on pages in anchored tags(e.g. the heading above what is highlighted in the example).
If this was a way to more easily find anchors on pages for linking it would be nice… as is, it’s another kludge that is half-broken on launch.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
itsmeaustend Avatar
17 months ago
No thanks. If it means using Chrome as my daily browser then I’m better off without.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Bustycat Avatar
17 months ago

These little stupid features is what I truly miss from chrome.
When Chrome introduces: Stupid features!
When Safari introduces: The most advanced browser ever.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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