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 they click.
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).
- In Google Chrome, Click the
3 dotsat the upper right corner and select
Advancedin the menu at the left and choose
Accessibilityon the right, click the
Toggleicon next to
Navigate paged with a text cursorto disable it.
- Within Firefox, click the
Hamburger menuicon at the upper right corner and select
- In Options, scroll to the bottom of the page and uncheck
Always use the cursor keys to navigate within pagesunder
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.