How to use Caret Browsing in Edge for Windows 10

Selecting text on a web page is relatively easy when you have a mouse or touchpad, but what about when you're on a turbulent flight or a bumpy car ride? Microsoft Edge has a built-in Caret Browsing mode that lets you click anywhere on a web page and use your keyboard keys to move the cursor and select text. It's easy once you get the hang of it, so let's get started using Caret Browsing in Edge.

How to enable Caret Browsing in Edge

The first step is to toggle caret mode on in Edge. Once turned on, Caret Browsing will stay enabled even if you close and relaunch Edge.

  1. Launch Edge from your Start menu, taskbar or desktop.
  2. Navigate to a web page where you'd like to select text.

  1. Hit the F7 button on your keyboard.
  2. Click the checkbox next to Don't ask me again… if you don't want to be prompted the next time you hit F7.
  3. Click Turn on.

Caret mode is now enabled and will stay enabled until you disable it by hitting F7 again on your keyboard. If you didn't check the box next to Don't ask me again… you will need to click Turn off.

How to select text when using Caret Browsing in Edge

  1. Launch Edge from your Start menu, taskbar or desktop.
  2. Navigate to a web page where you'd like to select text.

  1. Click once within the text you want to select. You will see a cursor blinking where you clicked.
  2. Hold Shift on your keyboard.
  3. Use the arrow keys on your keyboard.
    • The up and down arrows select entire lines of text above or below the blinking cursor.
    • The right and left arrows select single characters to the left or right of the blinking cursor.

Do you use Caret Browsing in Edge? If so, have you found it to be particularly useful in any specific situations?

Cale Hunt
Senior Editor, Laptop Reviews

Cale Hunt is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. He focuses mainly on laptop reviews, news, and accessory coverage. He's been reviewing laptops and accessories full time since 2016, with hundreds of reviews published for Windows Central. He is an avid PC gamer and multi-platform user, and spends most of his time either tinkering with or writing about tech.

10 Comments
  • Good to know
  • It hasn't changed since Caret Browsing was enablied in IE11. But thanks for publshing this.
  • Speaking on Edge .... anyone knows how to fix the problem with mouse wheel for page scrolling ? Many people still having this issue (works fine with arrow keys, and with middle clicking ... but the wheel, not).   Thanks !
  • oh it adds a cursor for you to see where you start, hmm neat!
  • I always wondered what Caret Browsing mode meant. Thanks for the explanation.
  • A far more effective and simple solution to dealing with a few bumps in the road is to buy a computer with a TrackPoint instead of, or in addition to, a Trackpad. Such as a ThinkPad. You will be amazed at how much more accurate and ready to use it is. Single handed all the time as well.
  • So, in order to navigate without the mouse, you have to click on the page.
    Interesting..
  • I wonder if this will allow you to click and hold at the beginning of text, hit the page down or end key, and have all the text selected. This works in Firefox but the navigation keys don't work if the mouse button is pressed.
  • I didn't know it's called"Caret Browsing" until now lol! Been using it for years. Oh my, my English is bad...
  • Didn't know caret browsing existed