Microsoft Edge soon can natively create Links to text

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New Microsoft Edge supports Chrome’s Scroll to Text Fragment feature. But creating links to certain text on a page manually is cumbersome, Google has released an extension to make it easier, there is also a bookmarklet available for the same. The good news is after Chrome, Micorosft Edge now can natively generate links to text without needing to install the extension.

Sometime back, we reported Google integrated the Link to Text Fragment feature into Chrome. It requires the user to visit the flags page and enable “Copy Link to Text” and restart the browser.

After that, you just need to select some text and right-click and select “copy link to text” and paste the link into a new tab or share with others via email or other application after a small modification.

The flag is now made into Microsoft Edge in Canary and working when enabled.

copy link to text context menu option Edge

Enable “Copy Link to Text” feature in Microsoft Edge browser

  1. Launch new Edge browser
  2. Visit edge://flags page
  3. Search for “Copy link to Text”
    Copy Link to Text flag Edge
  4. Click on the dropdown arrow and select “Enabled”
  5. Restart the browser.

After that,

  1. Visit a webpage such as Wikipedia,
  2. Select a word or highlight some text,
  3. right-click and select ” Copy link to text”,
  4. open a new tab, and paste the link to text after removing the text in quotes you want to link to and press enter.

Edge scrolls and takes you to highlighted text on the page.

Scroll to Text Fragment feature is already widely used by Google in featured snippets for its search results.

Only the Chromium browser supports the feature. If you’re using Firefox, you can use this Auto find text fragment extension to get the feature working.

What’s your take on Edge getting Chrome’s link to text fragment feature built-in? Have you liked it? Let us know in the comments below.

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