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Firefox Blinking Cursor Issue


Posted 8th May in Configurations, Programs. 22 Comments

For some reason, Firefox started to display a blinking cursor, like web pages I have been viewing were editable. Thinking that some errant plugin was causing this behavior, I manically disabled a few I had recently installed. However that didn’t fix the problem.

Good ole Google to the rescue.

Firefox has a ‘feature’ that lets you select text with more visual feedback. I guess the little one must have been hitting keys and turned this on.

Turning it off is easy! Press F7 to turn off caret browsing.

Alternatively, type “about:config” in the URL area, then filter for “caret“. Change accessibility.browsewithcaret to “false”.


Originally posted 20080508 and last touched 20080508
Dave Drager+ is the Chief Technology Officer at XDA-Developers, where he keeps the server farm running efficiently for millions of visitors per day. He has written previously for the technology blogs Lifehacker and MakeUseOf.


  • http://rhyre.wordpress.com/ Ralph Hyre

    Where was the ffox product manager when this was put in?
    >Alternatively, type â??about:configâ?? in the >URL area, then filter for â??caretâ??. Change >accessibility.browsewithcaret to â??falseâ??.

    This ‘hidden feature’, which fails too many usability principles (I’ll list 3 here):
    – Nothing obvious firefox help about this
    You’d have to guess it’s an accessibility feature.
    – State of this feature is invisible, nothing changes in the status bar

    – No menu shortcut to turn it off.

  • http://rhyre.wordpress.com/ Ralph Hyre

    Where was the ffox product manager when this was put in?
    >Alternatively, type â??about:configâ?? in the >URL area, then filter for â??caretâ??. Change >accessibility.browsewithcaret to â??falseâ??.

    This \’hidden feature\’, which fails too many usability principles (I\’ll list 3 here):
    – Nothing obvious firefox help about this
    You\’d have to guess it\’s an accessibility feature.
    – State of this feature is invisible, nothing changes in the status bar

    – No menu shortcut to turn it off.

  • mmmbop

    Thanks, this issue was really bugging me.

  • mmmbop

    Thanks, this issue was really bugging me.

  • Nora

    Thank you! I have a 5 yrs old sister that must have done it. It was driving me crazy!

  • Nora

    Thank you! I have a 5 yrs old sister that must have done it. It was driving me crazy!

  • mary

    I have tried this fix several times and still does not help. What else could it be?

  • mary

    I have tried this fix several times and still does not help. What else could it be?

  • holger

    Thanks, I must have activated this by accident, you helped me very much here! What a feature…

  • holger

    Thanks, I must have activated this by accident, you helped me very much here! What a feature…

  • Rose Pulsifer

    Thanks Dave! This was SOOO annoying as I like to use my arrow keys to scroll down web pages and I couldn’t with the caret browsing on. It was like hitting the END or HOME key and it was frustrating. I guess my little guy must have pushed F7 and turned it on, many thanks!

  • Rose Pulsifer

    Thanks Dave! This was SOOO annoying as I like to use my arrow keys to scroll down web pages and I couldn’t with the caret browsing on. It was like hitting the END or HOME key and it was frustrating. I guess my little guy must have pushed F7 and turned it on, many thanks!

  • Matt

    I found this when searching for the blinking close button problem solution. I have found a workaround here http://annoyances-resolved.blogspot.com/2009/10/firefox-vista-close-button-blinking.html but not the complete solution. Help!

  • Matt

    I found this when searching for the blinking close button problem solution. I have found a workaround here http://annoyances-resolved.blogspot.com/2009/10/firefox-vista-close-button-blinking.html but not the complete solution. Help!

  • Dimitar Chakarov

    Thx alot! That’s been bugging me for days!

  • Dimitar Chakarov

    Thx alot! That’s been bugging me for days!

  • Simon

    Thank you, my cat wreaked havoc!

  • Simon

    Thank you, my cat wreaked havoc!

  • Crystal

    Thank you!

  • Crystal

    Thank you!

  • william sutanto

    thanks. i was thinking to buy another notebook because this issue.

  • Russian User

    Thanks bro!