Google Is Introducing a Feature in Chrome 90 To Create Links To Highlighted Text on a Webpage

An upcoming feature in Chrome 90 will allow users to create a link to a section of a website that they’ve highlighted. First launched as a browser extension called Link to Text Fragment last year, Google has now added the feature within Chrome itself.

The new feature is still rolling out to users; To create the link you need to highlight the text you want to create a link to, right-click, and select “copy link to highlight.” A URL ending in a pound sign (#) is generated, which you can then share with others. When they open the link, they’ll be sent to the specific highlighted section instead of the beginning of the page. If you are somewhat advanced you probably know about the HTML anchor element and how it works and this is somewhat similar except Google needs to store the position of selected data on the page on its infrastructure. Of course, that data can then be analyzed for patterns.

Google said the “copy link to highlight” feature is already available on desktop and Android devices for some users. The feature is also coming soon to iOS.

In short, this is a useful and simple feature that I already use often and you will too because it saves time.

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