Chrome now allows to natively link to a particular text or word on a page without the need to install Link to Text fragment extension. Google has integrated the needed functionality into the Chrome Canary, now, you just need to select a Phrase on the web page and right-click and select the “Copy link to text” option and share the generated link with others who are using Chrome or Chromium-based browsers for the text to be scrolled and highlighted automatically.
A year back, Google has worked on and brought Scroll to Text Fragment feature for Chrome. This allows users to link to specific text by utilizing text snippet provided in the URL.
First, the feature required users to manually create text fragments, after that, a bookmarklet and extension for the same are made available.
Google has shipped the feature in Chrome, the company now also using it for its featured snippets on the search result page. Now, the Chromium team is baking the Scroll to Text fragment feature into Chrome natively.
Currently, the feature is behind a flag and requires to be turned on to work.
Enable ‘Copy link to Text’ feature in Chrome
- Visit chrome://flags
- Search for “Copy link to Text” flag
- Click on the dropdown arrow and select “Enabled”
- Restart the browser.
Using Chrome to natively create links to text fragments
To explain how the feature works.
- Visit this Cats page on Wikipedia,
- Select “Evolution”,
- Right-click and select ‘Copy link to text”, this creates a link to the current page with selected text highlighted
- Open a new tab page and paste the link or share it with others.
Note: Here, since the feature is currently developed, Chrome isn’t creating a text snippet link correctly. You’ve to remove the selected text before the link after pasting in the address bar, and then only, you can press enter or share, for the link to work in the browser.
Chrome is getting the ability to generate links for the copied text on a page, what do you say on this? Let us know in the comments below.