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I use Google Chrome on OSX. Is there a way, within the browser, to get a text cursor that will allow me to navigate through text, selecting and copying text using only the keyboard?

I've looked at Vimium, Conkeror, and Vimperator, but as far as I can tell, they allow you to use the keyboard to navigate web pages (scrolling, visiting links) but don't provide a text cursor.

Is this possible?

Update: I have learned that this is called caret browsing or caret navigation. Is this possible in Chrome?

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  1. Press Ctrl + Shift + J to open the console.

  2. Enter the following into the console and press Enter:


Now you get a cursor and can even edit the whole page.

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Whilst this is useful (+1), it is very different to caret browsing. The content is literally editable and is no longer navigable (anchors are not active, etc.). – w3dk Mar 9 '13 at 23:35
@w3d: Humm, you're right. Let me see if I can offer something better :D – Oliver Salzburg Mar 9 '13 at 23:36
@w3d: Seems like most people online only offer text selection as a replacement for caret browsing, I doubt that's what you want either. The best I could offer would be to turn content editing off while the mouse cursor is inside the page (move cursor to address bar to show the caret): $("html").hover(function(){document.body.contentEditable=false;},function(){doc‌​ument.body.contentEditable=true;}); – Oliver Salzburg Mar 9 '13 at 23:43
The only problem with this way is that I also couldn't find a keyboard-only way to select "Console", when opening Ctrl+Shift+J. EDIT: Weird enough, it seems Ctrl+Shift+J sometimes open in Elements tab (and then I can't TAB to Console), and sometimes opens directly on Console (as wished). Thank you for the hint anyway. – Charles Roberto Canato Nov 16 '13 at 19:18

Vimperator has caret browsing. The default keybind for it is C.

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And how does that apply to enabling caret browsing in Chrome? – Oliver Salzburg May 12 '13 at 11:31
>I've looked at Vimium, Conkeror, and Vimperator, but as far as I can tell, they [...] don't provide a text cursor. Vimperator does provide a text cursor. – Raphael May 12 '13 at 11:35
Fair enough. I'm a bit confused how he got it to work in Chrome though. – Oliver Salzburg May 12 '13 at 13:14
Another reason to move to Firefox, thanks :) – Breno Salgado Aug 15 '14 at 17:42

So far, it is not yet implemented or planned:source. You can star this feature request and remain updated.

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