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In the search results of Google, when I click on something it will load the page with a part of it highlighted, and in the URL bar there is ​#:~:text=...​ and I was wondering whether you could switch this off?
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Doesn't work anymore.

Dear google, I would  like my user experience back please. I don't need YOU to tell me how to navigate someone else's webpage.
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Thanks Taggg! Worked for me!
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Find my photos after my phone was stolen and I can't find my photos after I got phone back older photos
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I am still not able to disable this feature.  "enable-text-fragment-anchor" flag isn't available anymore and I still have not been able to resolve this issue.
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I'm having the same issue. I do not want this annoying and stupid highlighting blazing yellow color into my eye, I want to read the search result myself. I need to be able to disable this awful highlighting or I will be forced to switch to another browser. I am not able to disable it through flags, although I previously was able to.
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Fix doesn't work anymore. Does anyone have any more ideas or is it finally time to drop google as my search engine altogether?
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Same issue here (Chrome 84 on Linux). There is no "enable-text-fragment-anchor". This behavior is very annoying. The yellow color is a pain in my eyes.
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Agreed.   This is extremely annoying!     I fixed the "text fragment anchor" and now it is gone and doesn't work any more.  Please stop this, Chrome.
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Yes please.  I read the highlighted text on the search page; i don't need you to highlight it for me when i click the link.
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Firefox is downloading as I speak.  And I'm close to starting to use it.
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I too would like this "improvement" reverted. Loading pages that have highlighted text is unnecessarily slow. If am I looking for information, I want to read the context, not get brainwashed with whatever Google thinks is most important.
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I want to disable it too. It is annoying and uncalled for. I am about to switch to any other browser for how annoying this is.
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Firefox works great.
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Three steps to get rid of this feature:
1. Uninstall Chrome
2. Install Firefox
3. Enjoy!
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Yeah this is pretty ridiculous. You need to at a minimum make a general setting for it. It should be an opt-in "feature" (if you want to call it that), not a forced behavior.

Not everyone wants everything "instant and copy-pasteable", some of us still want to know why, not just what. I'd hope that the Google Devs would appreciate this, but then remembered Google's roots.
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We need a way to disable this highlight permanently. Anyone from Google is going to respond here?
This thing is annoying af.
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Unfortunately, there is no such flag in Manjaro's official build of Google Chrome 84.0.4147.105 (64-Bit)
This flag is available in Chromium only, not in Chrome. At least on Linux. This is very annoying. It's a very encroaching behaviour.
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Bump.  I used to be able to disable this "feature," but now the Enable Text Fragment Anchor flag is missing.  Any new way to get rid of it?  When I click a link from a Google search, I want to read the article from the beginning!
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Firefox it is. Chrome is just worse and worse every year.
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As others have noted, the enable-text-fragment flag has been removed in the latest versions of Chrome. I was able to fix this issue in version 84 with an enterprise policy, ScrollToTextFragmentEnabled. Have fun breaking your computers with regedit!

Credit: u/scj643
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Thanks Owen, using Firefox, or Edge solved this!
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