Firefox Blinking Cursor Issue

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”.

22 replies
  1. Ralph Hyre
    Ralph Hyre says:

    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.

  2. Ralph Hyre
    Ralph Hyre says:

    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.

  3. holger
    holger says:

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

  4. holger
    holger says:

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

  5. Rose Pulsifer
    Rose Pulsifer says:

    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!

  6. Rose Pulsifer
    Rose Pulsifer says:

    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!

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