What is Caret Navigation and how does it work?

Cursor navigation is an accessibility feature built into most browsers. Here we take a closer look at what it does and how to use the feature.


You may have heard of cursor navigation; it’s one of many accessibility features built into browsers. But what is cursor navigation and how does it work? We explain it below.


What is Caret Navigation?

Cursor navigation or cursor navigation is an accessibility feature that simply allows you to browse the web using your keyboard. It is convenient for people with disabilities, who prefer to use a keyboard or who have a damaged mouse/trackpad.

The feature is available in most browsers including Chrome, Firefox, and Edge. But notable exceptions are Safari and Opera.

In addition to cursor navigation, there are a number of ways to navigate without a mouse.

How to enable cursor navigation

Enabling cursor navigation is quite simple. Just open your browser and press the F7 key. Your browser may ask for confirmation, so select To light up Where OKAY. To deactivate the function, you can press F7 Again.

Cursor navigation lets you move around the web page, select text, and open links. And if you don’t want to use the keyboard, you can navigate by voice thanks to these extensions.

You can also enable cursor navigation from Google Chrome settings. To do this, go to Settings > Accessibility and activate Navigate pages with a text cursor.

If you are a Vivaldi user, enabling cursor navigation is unfortunately not as simple as pressing F7. However, you can type “chrome://settings/accessibility” in the address bar and enable Navigate pages with a text cursor.

What to do with cursor navigation

There are three main things you can do with cursor navigation:

  • Navigating web pages: To navigate web pages, you can use the arrow keys and move your cursor around the screen.
  • Opening links: To open links, first position the cursor over the link with the arrow keys, then press Walk in. To open a link in a background tab, use Walk in + CTRL.
  • Selecting text: The easiest way to select text is to activate cursor navigation, hold down the key. Gap key, and use The arrow text selection keys.

Navigate with your keyboard

With cursor navigation, you have an easier way to browse the web. Of course, it’s useful for people with disabilities, but it can also be useful if you prefer a keyboard or have a faulty mouse.

Besides cursor navigation, Chrome comes with various advanced settings, including several accessibility features.

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