How to Create a Link for Selected Text in Chrome

As of Google Chrome version 90 and higher, you can create a link to selected text on a web page. When clicked, this link takes you to the page and highlights the selected text.

As of Google Chrome version 90 and higher, you can create a link to selected text on a web page. When clicked, this link takes you to the page and highlights the selected text. Let’s explore how to create such links.

This is for devices running Chrome 90 and higher. Screenshots are from Windows 10 PC

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Enable the Feature

For some of us, Chrome’s Copy Link to Text feature is enabled by default, for others, it’s not. If this is your case, you will have to manually enable it on Chrome’s experimental flags page.

First, open Google Chrome on your computer. In the address bar of any window, type:

chrome://flags

and press Enter. Refer to below image:

Enabling Chrome flags

Now, on the Experiments tab that opens, click the search box at the top and type this:

Copy Link To Text

See below image:

Setting up the feature

Next, in the search results, click the drop-down menu beside Copy Link To Text and select Enabled. See following image:

Enabling the feature

Now, Chrome will ask you to restart the browser so that the change can take effect. Click Relaunch in bottom left-hand corner. Refer to below image:

Restart Chrome

After Chrome restarts, the feature will now be enabled.

Create the Link

To use the Copy Link to Text feature, first, open a site and select the text that you want to copy a link for using your mouse or keyboard. See below image:

Highlight the link

Next, right-click the highlighted text and select Copy Link to Highlight from the menu. See following image:

Copy highlighted link

Now, Chrome will copy the link for your selected text to your clipboard. You can now share this link via social media, send it in an email, paste it in a text editor, or use any other method. Refer to below image for sending the link via email:

Paste the link in an email

When the recipient clicks the link, they will be taken directly to the page with the previously selected passage highlighted. See below image:

Once the above email link is clicked, you will see the highlighted text in the original document

It’s a very handy feature.. Repeat as often as you like.

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