If your Firefox give no respond when you click the Page Up, Page Down, Home or End button, you might have activated caret browsing. You might also notice that there will be a blinking text cursor when you click on a passage or text on a website.

You might have accidentally activated the caret browsing without noticing it and started scolding when those buttons won’t work.

Caret Browsing - Firefox

To solve the problem, just simply press on the F7 key.






This post has 66 comments.

  1. Jake
    20 Jan 09
    7:46 am

    WOW.. thanks, i couldn’t figure out what i had done. lol

    Reply

    Vincent replied:

    No problem, glad that it helped.

    Reply

  2. Bob
    07 Feb 09
    1:44 am

    yeah I did it too by accident and it was TOTALLY buggin. thanks.

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  3. Dinos
    07 Mar 09
    11:25 am

    Good Hint.

    Any ideas how to get back the menu bar?
    That is the “File Edit View … ” line.
    Curious thing is that when I open a new window I do get the menu back but not in the current window.

    Reply

  4. Agn0stic
    08 Jun 09
    8:48 am

    Thanks! I had figured some sites were Firefox Hostile, but in checking against some other broswers, the pgup pgdn keys did work. So, In googling, your post came up to the top.

    I give you Thanks!

    (you too google guys.)

    Reply

  5. Huguette E.
    27 Jun 09
    9:34 pm

    Thank you! I hated not being able to use those keys!

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  6. I was having the same problem….I thought it was a software bug. Thanks. I’m glad to have my scrolling back again without having to go to the touchpad ang go all the way over to the tiny down arrow on the scroll bar. I rate this as Very Helpful.

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  7. roozta
    15 Aug 09
    4:44 am

    Cool, thanks, this was driving me nuts!

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  8. erin
    23 Sep 09
    3:41 am

    god bless you sir.

    Reply

  9. sara
    04 Oct 09
    10:55 pm

    I have had this problem for about 2/3 months – just found this solution AFTER ihad unistalled Firefox and then re-installed it LOL!

    THANK YOOOOOOOU!!!!

    Reply

  10. Jocko
    16 Oct 09
    8:11 am

    Thank you. Why didn’t I google tat sooner. Duh. Seriously though, Thank you.

    Reply

  11. Siarhei Kuryka
    01 Nov 09
    6:12 pm

    Thank you a lot! It really helped!

    Reply

  12. dumbass
    12 Nov 09
    1:51 am

    what a relief…..

    thanks for the info

    Reply

  13. Jay
    12 Feb 10
    10:04 am

    I love you, thanks.

    Reply

  14. Marc
    26 Feb 10
    9:42 am

    thanks! That really made my day :-)

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  15. i love you too thanks

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  16. Guy
    06 Apr 10
    11:51 pm

    IT’S FIXED!

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  17. elbunepol
    11 Apr 10
    3:53 am

    gracias lo estaba buscando desde hase mucho… gracias de nuevo

    Reply

  18. Matay
    20 Apr 10
    3:40 am

    Doesn’t work. I turn on/off caret = no difference at all.

    Reply

    jnell replied:

    @Matay, Didn’t work for me either…and it’s really making me angry!

    Reply

  19. Rachel
    24 Apr 10
    1:36 am

    Yay I LOVE YOU :) :)

    Reply

  20. Michael
    09 May 10
    9:14 am

    OMG! SO THATS y!

    Reply

  21. John Luke
    24 May 10
    2:03 am

    Thanks a lot. My gratitude is ineffable

    Reply

  22. angry guy
    11 Jun 10
    3:58 am

    THAAAAAAANKS A LOT.
    like it was said before, My gratitude is ineffable!

    Reply

  23. ec
    14 Jun 10
    2:29 am

    YAY! The solution that keeps on giving. Thank you!

    Reply

  24. mrs giggles
    12 Jul 10
    10:10 pm

    Thanks so much, been so annoying these silly buttons weren’t working, I now remember pressing all the ‘F’ buttons a few weeks ago when incredibly bored!!!

    I love you too now x

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  25. Thank you SO much! My cat (Velcro) took a nap on my keyboard, and when I returned, these buttons weren’t working, and neither was ‘Find’. This fixed both problems, thank you!

    Reply

  26. Craig
    11 Aug 10
    8:12 am

    Thanks! I was ready to throw it out the window.

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  27. YAY YAY
    16 Aug 10
    8:55 am

    YAYAYAYAYAYAY THANK YOU SO EFFING MUCH THAT WAS DRIVING ME NUTS!!!!!!!!!

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  28. Margaret
    14 Sep 10
    12:49 am

    OMG Thank You…I was losing my mind trying to figure out what was wrong….One simple key thank you.

    Reply

  29. Vesela
    12 Oct 10
    5:28 am

    Thank you so much!!!! So simple and easy,but sooooo helpful,when you didn’t know! =)

    Reply

  30. Niclas
    28 Oct 10
    3:36 am

    Karma +1 for you sir!

    Reply

  31. Alexander Nielsen
    15 Nov 10
    12:08 am

    son of a bitch! THANK YOU, that has been bugging the HELL out of me and I couldn’t figure out what started it in the first place

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  32. Maria
    24 Nov 10
    10:41 pm

    absolute legend!!! THANKING U HEAPZZZ!!! awesome stuff.. it only eitha took me straite to top of page or to bottom. had no idea y it wsnt workn outa nowhere.

    once again, many thanks 2 u!
    VERY helpful/useful into! =)

    Reply

  33. Gunther
    27 Nov 10
    5:29 am

    Kudos to you kind sir. My day just gained 2 happy points.

    Reply

  34. Lisa
    18 Dec 10
    9:50 pm

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU….what a pain this has been for SO long and the fix was this easy. You are a lifesaver!

    Reply

  35. Mex
    21 Dec 10
    11:07 pm


    F7 *Click*


    Page Dn *Click*
    ..

    AWESOME!!!!!!

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  36. Dasher
    24 Dec 10
    8:49 am

    cat jumped on the keyboard… suddenly couldn’t browse…. THANK YOU!!!!!

    Reply

  37. heny
    22 Jan 11
    2:17 pm

    holy cow it worked. some other guy was telling you to write a script or some crap. short and simple, much thanks

    Reply

  38. buck
    04 Feb 11
    12:32 am

    that’s AWESOME thank you !

    Reply

  39. onion
    04 Feb 11
    10:46 am

    oh my god this has been driving me crazy. not just the page up/down not working, but that goddammed blinking cursor on webpages.
    thanks so much!

    Reply

  40. onion
    04 Feb 11
    10:48 am

    someone should survey how often these problems are caused by keyboard cats.

    Reply

  41. milspec
    06 Feb 11
    9:32 am

    Thanks almost got a new keyboard!

    Reply

  42. Sameer
    16 Mar 11
    9:28 am

    Dude,

    Big Thanks :)

    Reply

  43. mary
    28 Mar 11
    12:50 pm

    Thanks for the fix. I couldn’t figure out what had happened and this was driving me crazy.

    Reply

  44. Chicago Nick
    27 Apr 11
    1:57 pm

    Thanks for that info. That’s been bugging me for a while, comes and goes and never payed much attention to it lately

    Reply

  45. Panacea Jim
    06 May 11
    1:39 pm

    Thanks your the greatest been looking for a fix for this for quite a while now

    Thanks again

    Reply

  46. bob
    02 Jun 11
    1:47 am

    Wow ! 18+ months without these buttons, only a F7 to do ! What newbie I am ! Thanks a lot !

    Reply

  47. Petar Marchev
    15 Jul 11
    5:05 am

    Thanks!!

    Reply

  48. Tim
    13 Aug 11
    5:23 pm

    Hmm.
    I just loaded a new version of Flash this morning, now even the down arrow does not work, F7 or no F7.
    If I can’t fix it I will have to move to Chrome os Safari.
    It has only been hapening since the upgrade which made the mail navigation bar stay at the top of the screen.
    Tim.

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  49. tarandeep
    08 Oct 11
    2:12 pm

    hey plz tell me …
    i have a problem of pageup page down button as i upgrade mozilla firefox to 8.0
    its not working properly..
    arrow keys up n down also working not correctly..
    plz reply….

    Reply

  50. gaurav
    16 Oct 11
    6:52 pm

    thanks.

    Reply

  51. harry
    17 Dec 11
    7:05 am

    Jeeez – thanks man, awesome.

    Most helpful site on this topic in the net.

    Kind regards from germany!

    Reply

  52. Oh Wow! Thank-you SO MUCH!! Have had this problem for months now and it’s been driving me crazy. Happy 2012 :)

    Reply

  53. moshi
    07 Jan 12
    8:10 am

    Google search threw up this page and I’m very grateful, thx. Problem solved!

    Reply

  54. Kara
    14 Jan 12
    7:42 am

    Thanks so much! My kids were messing with my laptop and I could not figure out why those keys weren’t working. :) All better now!

    Reply

  55. Joe
    05 Feb 12
    12:17 pm

    OMG! This has been bugging me for 3 weeks! I finally googled it and the first result was yours, and was correct!! Thank you so much for making my week! :p

    Reply

  56. Pats4949
    18 Feb 12
    2:48 pm

    Hello my friends i had same problem my Mozilla Firefox stop working for the last week i updated Firefox 10 i search web found this one you have to upgrade to Aurora 12 thot i installed the browser i lost everything, it loaded all same stuff is favorites from Mozilla Firefox i save, that i had load 2 pages i save and was back to normal works great. Just go here this fixes ever thing for you.

    http://www.softpedia.com/progDownl [...] -5787.html

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  57. Jay
    20 Feb 12
    1:11 pm

    Thanks for providing the resolution. I have had this problem for the last few weeks, and I had thought that an auto update to the latest version of Firefox caused this. I even looked into Mozilla’s List of Known Issues and almost started to report this bug.

    Good thing I googled my page up/down problem and this was the first link.

    Reply

  58. Jimi
    20 Feb 12
    2:44 pm

    Oh man thank you very much!!!!

    Reply

  59. Allan
    14 Mar 12
    2:58 am

    Thanks. Up and Down arrows were behaving like Home and End keys, and driving me nuts. The F7 key was the answer. Now I’ll have to remember 7 and 11. F7 to get in and out of caret browsing and F11 to get in and out of full screen mode (another black hole I fell into recently)

    Reply

  60. joan
    04 Apr 12
    12:46 am

    Thanks!

    Reply

  61. Ross
    02 May 12
    7:17 pm

    Thank you!

    Reply

  62. Eva
    24 May 12
    7:18 am

    Thank you! My kids love playing on my computer, so they must have done this while I was out of the room…. I thought something was wrong with the latest edition of FF… I can breathe again now. :)

    Reply

  63. Aubrey
    02 Jun 12
    8:27 pm

    THANK YOU!! This has been making me crazy.

    Reply

  64. sreeharsha
    28 Dec 12
    5:08 pm

    Great thanks. I can quickly get rid of the confusions. Probably its my kid who turned this on :)

    Reply


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