Have you ever wanted to reference specific text on a webpage? Sure, you can copy the link and save it or share it, but that doesn’t help later when you have to search for that text on the page. If you’re looking for a way to do this and happen to be a Chrome user, then you’re in luck!
An extension for Chrome called Link to Text Fragment solves the problem we just described. You can select text on a page and get a direct link to it. So if you’re ready to make life a bit easier when it comes to referencing webpage text, here’s how to use Link to Text Fragment in Chrome.
Get Link to Text Fragment
Again, Link to Text Fragment is a Chrome extension. So, you’re going to head to the Chrome Web Store in Chrome on your Mac and either pop that name into the search or use this direct link to Link to Text Fragment.
Hit the Add to Chrome button to install the extension and it’s ready to go.
Use Link to Text Fragment
Once you install the extension, visit a webpage with the text you want a link to and select it. You can do this easily by placing your cursor on the first word and dragging through it. Then, create the link by following these simple steps.
1) Right-click the text you select and pick Copy Link to Selected Text. You’ll notice the extension’s icon with this option in the context menu so you can spot it easily.
2) Once you copy the link, you’ll see the text highlighted in yellow on the page. This is your confirmation that you have the link on your clipboard.
3) Then you can save or share the link as you like and when you open it in Chrome, you’ll go right to the page and see the yellow highlighted text*.
Depending how much text you select, your link will look something like this:
And you can easily spot the words in the link you selected in the text.
Keep in mind that the link you receive using Link to Text Fragment will only direct you to highlighted text when you use it in Chrome. If you use the same link in another browser, you should still land on the right page; however, the text will not be highlighted.
Wrapping it up
Browser extensions like Link to Text Fragment simply making accomplishing tasks in your browser easy. It would be nice to see this extension expand beyond Chrome.
If you give this Chrome extension a try, pop back over and let us know what you think of it in the comments!
And for more help with Chrome, take a look at how to import and export bookmarks between Chrome and other browsers on Mac or how to open links in Chrome on iPhone and iPad.
Special thanks to MacGeneration for introducing us to this handy extension!