– Share Webpages With Certain Parts Highlighted

Traditionally, if you wanted to share a webpage with your friends or colleagues, you’d have to share the URL and give a description of what exactly to look for. Or, to save some typing, you’d take a screenshot and fiddle with arrows or circles to let the viewer to see what you want to them to see.

Refresh. changes this! is a free web app that generates dynamic URLs for webpages with only certain parts highlighted that you can share with anyone. See this example to get a glimpse of what it actually if.

To start off, either install the Chrome extension or or drag its bookmarklet to your bookmarks toolbar and you are ready to go. Alternatively, you can enter the URL of a webpage on the service’s homepage and hit “Get Focus!”.

When you click on the bookmarklet, or manually enter in a URL, the page is blurred and a red translucent box appears over it which can be dragged and resized as required. When you have placed the box at the desired location, will give you a custom URL that you can share with others to show them that particular portion of the webpage.

When others view the link, the whole page will be blurred except the content you highlighted. The viewer can also toggle between show/hide focus or completely exit the focus mode with the provided buttons. has great potential to turn into professional collaboration tool eliminating time lapses required to share and brief webpages. Handy bookmarklet and Chrome extension help in further reducing a step off of the two-step process.

One feature that I’d like to see is the ability to highlight multiple parts of a webpage.

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