Google Chrome 90 now lets you share highlighted text on web pages
Google Chrome 90 recently started rolling out in the stable channel, bringing several important improvements, including HTTPS as default, AV1 encoder support for a better video calling experience on slow internet connections, and more. Although not mentioned in the official blog post or changelog, Google is also rolling out a neat feature with Chrome 90 that will let you link people directly to a specific part on a webpage.
Google has been working on the ability to share web pages with highlighted text since last year. It even released a Chrome extension called “Link to Text Fragment” for Chrome and Chromium browsers before finally deciding to bake the feature into the browser itself. As with most experimental Chrome features, the Copy Link to Text first arrived in the Chrome Canary release late last year. And, now Google is finally bringing it to the masses with Chrome 90, as revealed by Google Chrome Director of Engineer Adrienne Porter Felt.
— Adrienne Porter Felt (@__apf__) April 16, 2021
Oftentimes, you just want to share a specific part on a webpage to make your point. In such cases, being able to direct people to the highlighted part can save a lot of time and effort not having to scan through the entire page. The next time you want to share a quote or a specific block of text from a webpage, simply highlight the text using your mouse and right-click on it.
You should see the “Copy Link to highlight” option appear in a pop-up box. Clicking on it will copy the link to your clipboard. When someone opens that link in Chrome or any Chromium browser, they will directly be taken to the highlighted section of the page. Just try opening this link in your browser, and you’ll know.
The link to text feature will be gradually rolling out to users running Chrome 90 over the coming days. If it’s not live for you yet, you can also turn it on manually by enabling the flag under Chrome://flags copy-link-to-text.