How to directly link to highlighted text from Google Chrome

by Joseph K. Clark

Bit by bit, Google continues to add valuable features to the Chrome browser and Chrome OS. Recently, live captioning came to Chrome desktop, and we also saw the read later feature come to Android. One of the latest features might not seem so exciting, but I’ve found it to be a productivity hack, especially when sharing relevant information with friends and family. What is this new feature? It’s the ability to share links to highlighted text in Google Chrome, and I’ll show you how simple and intuitive it is to use.

How to link highlighted text from Google Chrome

  1. Select a bit of text from your Chrome browser that you want to share a direct link.
  2. Right-click on the text.
  3. Select the Copy Link to Highlight option.
  4. Share that link with someone and paste it into another browser tab or window.

You or the person you share the link with should be taken directly to the highlighted text on the page.
This feature is supported in Chrome version 90 and later and should also update Microsoft Edge and other Chromium-based browsers. While those using other browsers like Safari won’t be able to take advantage of this feature, they will still be able to visit the page of the text you highlighted when you share one of these links with them.

This feature has started rolling out to desktop browsers, Chromebooks, and Android and iOS devices. If you have updated to version 90 and still don’t see the option to share links to highlighted text, you can manually enable it in Chrome’s flag settings. Here’s how.

Google Chrome

How to turn on the copy link to text flag

  1. From your Chrome browser, type chrome://flags into the address bar.
  2. Search for Copy Link To Text.
  3. From the drop-down menu, toggle the setting to Enabled.
  4. At the bottom of the screen, click the Relaunch Chrome button.

Once Chrome has relaunched, you should be able to select specific text to share links to.

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