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How To Get Rid Of Blinking Text Cursor Everywhere In Chrome

By James LePage
 on August 1, 2022

How To Get Rid Of Blinking Text Cursor Everywhere In Chrome

By James LePage
 on August 1, 2022

In this article, we'll discuss how to get rid of the Blinking Text Cursor globally appearing in Chrome. With this issue, the cursor (AKA "the insertion point"), appears when clicking any text or element of a website, regardless of if you can edit it or not.

Here's an example of the issue.

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Blinking text cursors should appear when typing text into an input - a form for example.

But with this issue, it appears everywhere in Chrome. Many may thinking that this is an annoying bug - but that's not the case.

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From: "There is a text cursor bug in my chrome that causes the blinking cursor to appear everywhere I click"

However it's not a bug - instead it's an accessibility feature called "Navigate pages with a text cursor".

To disable this, and the blinking cursor everywhere, open the Chrome settings.

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You can easily do this by searching for "settings" and then clicking the "manage settings" button.

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Then go to the "accessibility tab" and toggle off the "navigate pages with a text cursor" option.

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"Navigate pages with a text cursor" is also known as Caret Browsing.

The blinking text cursor makes it easy to understand where you're navigating if you use the keyboard. For example, if you use the arrow keys to move the cursor over a link and press enter, it will essentially "click" and open that link.

To toggle this on an off you can also use the F7 key.

However, for those that don't use the keyboard to navigate, it can be annoying, so this is the best way to disable that pesky cursor everywhere you click in the Chrome browser.

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Robert Jeff
Robert Jeff
1 year ago

Thank you! may god bless you

Endkiller
Endkiller
1 year ago

thank you so much, this was annoying the crap out of me.

rumdiddlydumdudm
rumdiddlydumdudm
11 months ago
Reply to  Endkiller

literally

Nikita
Nikita
1 year ago

Thank you so much!

Alex
Alex
1 year ago

I didn't think I would find the solution this fast, but I did, and it really worked, thanks!

king
king
1 year ago

TL;DR 
PRESS F7

Last edited 1 year ago by king
Xuan Dat
Xuan Dat
1 year ago

Thanks you so much

Mark
Mark
1 year ago

James LePage is my hero.

sayedboos
sayedboos
1 year ago

thanks

John
John
1 year ago

May the Emperor bless you!

yokowasis
yokowasis
1 year ago

Who the fuck think it's a good idea to make this on as default

michael
michael
1 year ago
Reply to  yokowasis

Not sure if it is by default, most likely we pressed F7 by mistake

lev
lev
1 year ago

Thank you

fauzi
fauzi
1 year ago

thank you

Name
Name
1 year ago

Thank you

JGK
JGK
1 year ago

Thank you!!! Been driving me crazy! I somehow accidentally did this a few days ago and haven't been able to figure it out!!!

Roman
Roman
1 year ago

Thank you so much

Johny
Johny
1 year ago

James LePage
you are the BOSS

donte
donte
1 year ago

Thank You, that was so annoying.

Shaheer
Shaheer
1 year ago

thanks

BatMan
BatMan
1 year ago

Thanks a lot... πŸ™‚

Joe
Joe
1 year ago

Thanks a lot!

megi
megi
11 months ago

how can i stop the blinking of the text curses while writing text in chrome? like right now in this comment the text curses still blinks

Dxrk [ζš—η‰©θ΄¨]
Dxrk [ζš—η‰©θ΄¨]
9 months ago
Reply to  megi

Click f7. The button is located on the top of the keyboard. if you are using windows that's no problem for you. but if you are using a Chromebook, you might need to do it the hard way: go to settings, then click accessibility, then go to the navigate pages with text cursor. then turn it off.

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Saso
Saso
11 months ago

Thanks!

Me myself
Me myself
10 months ago

Thanks so much !!!

Izzy
Izzy
9 months ago

This helped so much. thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Dehod
Dehod
9 months ago

Thanks a mil, you saved me from having anger issues

khaled
khaled
8 months ago

Thank you for your help, this issue drives me crazy

Eliad
Eliad
8 months ago

Thank you!

FunctionalKeysFan
FunctionalKeysFan
8 months ago

Thanks!
Now I now what F7 does in browser...

William
William
7 months ago

Thank you so much!

That kind of behavior was really annoying, because very often you want to go to the bottom or the top of the page, and the cursor just goes to the end of the line!

joemama
joemama
7 months ago

thanks!!!

legion
legion
7 months ago

Thanks a lot, from the bottom of my heart

Brandon
Brandon
7 months ago

I had no idea this was something affecting people so greatly that I'd actually search for an answer and FIND ONE in mere seconds. Thank you for saving my sanity. The blinking cursor was driving me up a wall.

harry
harry
6 months ago

Thank you! this is helpfull

Brandon
Brandon
6 months ago

Omg, I can't thank you enough. So freaking annoying!

Kiran
Kiran
5 months ago

Hushhh!! Thank you man

Abhishek
Abhishek
5 months ago

thanks for heling it was so irritating

shawn
shawn
3 months ago

Thaaaaank YOU!

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James LePage is the founder of Isotropic, a WordPress education company and digital agency. He is also the founder of CodeWP.ai, a venture backed startup bringing AI to WordPress creators.
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