[Fix] Text Cursor Appearing Everywhere in Web Browser

Most modern web browsers support an accessibility feature called Caret Browsing. This feature allows users to select text without having to use a mouse. In many browsers, you can even enable it by simply pressing one of the F keys on your keyboard. While this is convenient for some users, it can leave others confused as to why a text cursor is appearing everywhere.

In this article, we’ll show you how to disable Caret Browsing in Google Chrome, Firefox and Microsoft Edge.

How to Fix Text Cursor Appearing Everywhere in Chrome / Firefox / Edge (Disable Caret Browsing)

Many browsers allow you to enable / disable Caret Browsing by simply pressing the F7 key on your keyboard. Pressing this key is the quickest way to enable / disable this option.

Below, we cover how to disable this option via the settings menu of each browser, with the exception of Edge (as there is no menu option in this browser).

Google Chrome

In Google Chrome, Click the 3 dots at the upper right corner and select Settings.

Google Chrome Ellipsis Menu Expanded with Settings Option Highlighted

Click Advanced in the menu at the left and choose Accessibility.

Google Chrome Advanced Menu Expanded in Settings with Accessibility Option Highlighted

Under Accessibility on the right, click the Toggle icon next to Navigate paged with a text cursor to disable it.

Google Chrome Navigate Pages with a Text Cursor Toggle Option Under Accessibility Settings

Firefox

Within Firefox, click the Hamburger menu icon at the upper right corner and select Options.

Firefox Hamburger Menu Expanded with Options Highlighted

In Options, scroll to the bottom of the page and uncheck Always use the cursor keys to navigate within pages under Browsing.

Firefox Always use the Cursor Keys to Navigate Within Pages Option Under Browsing in Options

Edge

Unfortunately, at the time of writing, there is no menu option to disable / enable Caret Browsing in Microsoft Edge. You’ll have to use the F7 key on your keyboard to disable it.

Each time you hit F7, Edge will prompt you that you are about to enable / disable Caret Browsing. Simply click the Turn on or Turn off button. You can also click the Don't ask me again checkbox if you enable / disable this option frequently.

Microsoft Edge Enable Caret Browsing Prompt with Don't ask Again Checkbox Highlighted

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