Show Anchors, In-Page Linking

Martin Brinkmann
Nov 8, 2011
Updated • Dec 8, 2012
Firefox, Firefox add-ons

Sometimes when you are reading a page full of contents you may come upon a passage or element that you want to bookmark for later use or sharing with other users. While you could send the page url to someone or bookmark it, you would need to explain or remember where that element or content was located on the page. That's not a issue on a page that does not scroll, but if you ever read a novel online at the Project Gutenberg or started to work your way through a large Wikipedia article, you know that it can be quite problematic to find the position again on consecutive visits.

Show Anchors makes use of page anchors to allow in-page linking to contents. It is necessary that the page supports and uses the HTML anchor tag. Most WordPress blogs and many other sites do that.

The program is available as a bookmarklet which should work in most modern web browsers and as a Firefox add-on.

Just drag and drop the Show Anchors bookmarklet to the bookmarks bar or the browser's bookmarks. Click on the link when you are on a page where you want to create an in-page link for bookmarking or distribution. This displays all anchors available on that particular page giving you the option to right-click an anchor to copy the link or add the link to the browser's bookmarks.

in-page link

The copied links work in all modern browsers and do not require installation of the bookmarklet or Firefox add-on.

The firefox add-on Show Anchors works pretty much the same way. It adds an option to the Firefox right-click menu to show all anchors. Once selected all anchors on the page are displayed again. The program will display an on-mouse-over context menu with options to copy, bookmark or send the anchor or switch to the next anchor on the page.

copy anchor

The Firefox version of Show Anchors will display anchors on all pages of the domain once selected. Users who do not need the anchors anymore need to select the option again from the browser's context menu to disable the showing of anchor tags.

Firefox users can download the Show Anchors add-on from the official Mozilla Firefox add-on repository. The bookmarklet which is compatible with all modern browsers is available on this page.


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