How to Fix Arrow Keys Navigation Problem in Mozilla Firefox?

Today in this topic we are going to discuss a weird problem which is faced by Mozilla Firefox users. Normally when you are visiting a webpage and want to scroll up or down in the page, you can use arrow keys of your keyboard but sometimes when you are using Firefox web browser and try to use arrow keys to move up, down, left or right in the page, it doesn't scroll. Instead it moves the cursor character by character in the text of the webpage similar to what you see in a text editor such as Notepad or Microsoft Word. It looks like you are typing some text and moving left, right, up or down in the typed text. In fact you can see the typing cursor as shown in following screenshot:


It becomes quite irritating if you frequently use arrow keys to scroll in webpages. Recently an AskVG reader "Eric" also asked about the same problem. Here is what he posted in his comment:

VG there's something bothering me with Firefox, you see, a couple of days ago I noticed the cursor is acting differently as it used to be.

the cursor looks like when you are tying, now the problem is. I always use the arrow keys to scroll on pages but now with the cursor acting like that, it jumps to the end of the page and sometimes it doesn't work at all. How can I make the arrow keys work the way they used to?

So what to do? How to fix the problem and most important why does it happen?

Here is the answer! Actually this problem occurs when a built-in accessibility feature of Mozilla Firefox called "Caret Browsing" gets activated accidentally or by an add-on. You just need to turn the feature off to fix the issue.

If you are also facing this annoying problem and want to get rid of it, just follow these simple steps:

1. Open Firefox and click on Options present under orange Firefox button.

2. Now go to "Advanced" tab and disable "Always use the cursor keys to navigate within pages" option present in "General" tab.


3. Apply the changes and your problem will be fixed.

Now you'll be able to scroll in a webpage using arrow keys without any problem.

Update: You can also toggle this option on/off quickly by pressing "F7" key. Thanks to our reader "Serge" for the tip...

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Posted in: Mozilla Firefox, Troubleshooting

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