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Quick fixes: use Google Chrome to link text inside any webpage

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Illustration by Samar Haddad / The Verge

The Issue

It’s probably happened to all of us: you want to link to a really interesting factoid in a really long article — but you can’t be sure that the people reading your social network or blog entry will be able to find the factoid in all that text. You could simply take a screenshot of the factoid, but then you’re not linking to the original article, which is both bad internet etiquette and not as effective in showing your source material. Or you can take the screenshot and throw in the link, which is better but awkward. Or…

Quick Fix

Use the Chrome browser’s Copy Link to Highlight feature.

A page of The Verge with a photo of a hand holding a pair of headphones, a text sentence highlighted in green, and a menu showing several choices, with Copy Link to Highlight in blue.
Right click on a highlighted section to see the Copy Link to Highlight option.

The full story

When you’re a writer or editor for a site like The Verge, you do a lot of linking. That’s because, when you’re writing a story, you want to link to your source material, to a Verge article that has some sort of relationship to what you’re writing, or just to something really entertaining. But if you’re trying to guide somebody toward a specific quote or chart or paragraph, you don’t want them to have to search through the article until they find it.

The other day, I was editing an article in which somebody was describing a device that they really, really liked — and which they had mentioned briefly inside of a different article. I wanted to be able to guide the reader directly to the mention — but didn’t know how to do it. Then another editor explained how.

For example, if I wanted to lead you to info about how much Dyson’s weird Bane headphones weigh, instead of linking just to the article (as this link does) and hoping you’ll find the appropriate sentence, this link will take you directly there. And the really nice thing is that they’ll be able to use the link no matter what browser they are using.

I’m going to use this feature a lot from now on.

The full fix

It’s easy if you know how. On your Chrome browser:

  • Highlight the word, phrase, or section you want to link to.
  • Right-click on the highlight and select Copy Link to Highlight.
  • Use the copied link in your blog entry, social networking post, or wherever you want to put it. When somebody clicks on that link, it will take them directly to the section of the webpage that you highlighted.

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