Google is expanding its ‘copy link to highlight’ feature to photos and videos

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Google is expanding its ‘copy link to highlight’ feature to photos and videos
Google Chrome is getting a new feature to easily highlight photos and videos from web pages.Pixabay
  • Google’s ‘copy link to highlight’ feature lets you highlight specific text while sharing links to stories.
  • This feature helps in highlighting a particular section of the web page.
  • Google is now working on bringing this feature to photos and videos.
Google earlier this year introduced a new feature called “copy link to highlight” that lets you create a link to a certain section of the webpage’s text that’s highlighted. This feature essentially improves upon sharing links as it lets you select specific passages from the web page itself and create links. Google is now working on bringing this feature to pictures, videos and other media.

The new feature will let you share direct links to images, videos and more media content from web pages. It’s an experiment that Google is carrying out as spotted by Chrome Story. This feature will let you select an image or video on a web page and share a direct link to that particular area. This will work quite like how the text highlight feature works.

How copy link to highlight works

Google lets you select a word, sentence or paragraph from a web page then right-click and select “copy link to highlight”. Now when you share the link, the same web page will open but that specific text will be highlighted. This makes it easier for people wanting to share only a particular area from the web page instead of the entire thing. The other manual ways would be taking a screenshot of that text and also sharing the link to the web page. This is quite a hassle as the copy link to highlight makes things easier in just three clicks.
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With the new feature, you’ll get to do the same thing but with images, videos and any other kind of media on the web page. You can still copy the image or video address and directly share that link but this feature would actually highlight the media and present it with the entire page. So you’re not just seeing the image but the entire story with the image highlighted.

There’s no name for this feature yet other than its experimental flag called “CSS selector fragment anchors.” Chrome Story also suggests we could be seeing this feature coming up on Chrome in just a couple of weeks.

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