How to highlight and copy text on sites that block it
Every now and then I come across sites on the Internet that prevent you from copying some or all of the text displayed to the clipboard, or even selecting it in first place using the mouse or keyboard.
I noticed this on a bank's site recently for example where I was not allowed to copy the bank account number to the clipboard.
This guide looks at methods to overcome the limitation put in place by websites on the Internet. But first, why do sites implement these restrictions in first place?
While reasons are provided by companies and individuals who implement the functionality on their web properties, the most likely reason is some form of copy protection.
Extensions like NoScript can be useful in this regard as they block the execution of scripts as well.
Version Firefox add-on 188.8.131.52
Method 2: The source
Another option that you have is to display the source code of the website you are on. Since it is displayed in a plain text editor it is possible to copy anything from it without restriction.
Simply press Ctrl-u while you are on the site to display its source code. This works in most browsers including Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer.
It is still necessary to find the text or content that you are looking for in the source. Use Ctrl-f to jump directly to it.
There you may also find links to images and other contents that you could not save or copy.
Method 3: Extensions and scripts
The third and final option is most suitable if you encounter sites regularly that prohibit right-click use or text copying when you are on them, and if the methods outlined above don't work or are not really suitable.
- Absolute Enable Right Click & Copy for Firefox to remove copy text protections on sites, enable right-click actions, and disable annoying prompts.
- RightToCopy for Chrome offers similar features.
You find numerous extensions for these two browsers that remove annoyances on websites.
Martin, Thanks for again a really interesting to read and easy to understand article.
Niks is mention this above but not answering all of main question so here is main question to you Martin:
The only question your article leaves me with is or the above mentioned programs and also your guide
to the actions I can follow also works with saving pictures?
I often encounter sites who forbid me to save a/the picture(‘s) from there website so I am wondering
are there outer methods for saving pictures from those sites?
Or is this method working whit who I can save pictures from websites who forbid me to do so?
You can always view *all* images used in a webpage (except those displayed by plugins like Flash) in Firefox by choosing Tools -> Page Info -> Media tab. This will also allow you to save any images.
Sometimes pressing shift, ctrl or alt is enough.
dude it worked LOL control shift that is…you rock!
another method I use,
just create a new bookmark, name it as you want and paste this line as URL :
That use of bookmark is the best. Thanks
Here I’ve bundled two scripts found on the Web into one and built a bookmarklet called whenever a page refuses right-click and/or refuses text copy. I haven’t yet encountered a page where the bookmarklet would be ineffective. Works with Firefox, elsewhere I don’t know.
Bookmarklet’s script : http://pastebin.com/tYiV0UYZ
Copy the script, create a new bookmark, give it as url the script, as name as you wish, call that bookmark on those naughty pages (for those who ignore what a bookmarklet is)
Reenable Right Click.
didn’t work to enable copy on
1. Google news https://news.google.com/?hl=hi&gl=IN&ceid=IN:hi
2. on basilisk and on palemoon http://tvwiz.in/app/app/channelBrowse/69 (on ff copy is already working o this page 2, but these 2 browsers are working on ff code, so it should work)
when you say something earthbreaking and make us run a script, and it doesn’t do what you said it would do, we use to think whether you are a hacker and whether your said script has stolen our data from browser?
I’ve never bothered to use it, but its been in my marklet folder on my toolbar for about 2 years
One method that has never failed me is to take a screenshot.
Works, unless you need the text and not the information. Thanks!
There is a nice tool to convert images to text : Free OCR from http://www.paperfile.net/
Does a great job, but needs .Net v2 and the Tesseract language pack for the language used.
You can also save the page as a PDF, and open that one in PdfXchange viewer, which in recent versions has a very efficient and nicely working ocr tool to export selected text.
Besides, using Firefox, i often use an addon that saves a copy of the page as it is ,apparently without scripts. From that, you can just copy whatever you want.
Find it at https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/mozilla-archive-format/?src=search
In Firefox shift+right click will always get the default menu. I learned this by accident when I was trying to make shift+right click do something and it just wouldn’t work. Not sure if Chrome has something similar.
I learned something. Interesting. Many application shortcuts are unknown by many users. Shift+Right_Click on Firefox (at least) always brings up the default menu. Good to know.
That’s really good to know. Great tip!
Change browser View/Page option-Style …. to “No Style”
Also, often it is only the on screen visual ‘highlighting’ that is disabled — you can still highlight/copy text as normal with mouse/keyboard… you just can’t see the color/shade change on the text you select.
What bothers me the most are the pages where it is not possible to use bookmarklets in the kind of “Printwhatyoulike” or “Printliminator” to create pdf-files to archive.
All these methods don’t help in this case.
Thanks for the tips anyway.
Reader View obviates the use of Printliminator.
Thanks for the tip about “Ctrl-u.” It may come in handy sometime.
simply use faststone capture to copy, print or save anything you want to on any site / desktop anywhere …no hassle no problem no magic…easy easy
thanks..really appreciate it! good job!
Thanks a lot! Method 1 worked. :D
Thanks! Method 1 worked for me!
Ctrl + U :) Thanks!
You can use GT Text (softocr.com). Is a totally free program for windows. And just press ALT+C and with OCR you have the blocked text.
In search machine or anywhere click right on website and choose print and you will able to copy
Yes, you can use the print screen to copy! I was so happy to discover this today and offer it as a comment.
Method 3 for Chrome did it for me.
Thank you for helping me to do my job better and more efficiently. God bless.
u can try reader view mode in firefox its easy
There are web pages that disable that feature.
Thank you very much!! Really helpful and saves me a lot of time.
Thanks Man !!!
I *really* hate it when sites do this to me. Any web publisher who is attempting to plagiarize will already know how to bypass this, and anyone who doesn’t can search for a solution in 30 seconds. All it serves to do is make me feel like an idiot when all I’m really trying to do is select a few words to use as a search term so I don’t have to manually type it. I ended up using RightToClick as an alternative to jumping into the inspector every time.
This is priceless! Thank you all
Nice article and it is very useful!
I used to use the righttocopy extension but the person took it off. What else can I use for an extension on firefox to copy and paste sites that have disabled it?
in firefox one can use “reader mode” like described here http://useitsmart.com/copy-text-site-blocks-coping
This method worked for me on chrome:
Try to print page, then you can select the text in the preview window.
Thanks for this tips.. only way for me to copy some info on a page :D
Thanks alot. Finally this worked for me to copy some text on page . You saved my day
Thanks a ton!
Thank you Martin. It totally helped me for my project work.
Thanks a lot…
Make a bookmark and use this as URL:
Tested with Chrome.
Wastage of time.. literally of no use.
it works , thanks
Sometimes, if you can highlight the text then you have the option to search Google for the text you’ve highlighted and then click back into the searchbar and your search history should pop up with the last searched item being the text you’ve highlighted on the previous website.
RightToClick Chrome extension worked perfectly for me..
Thanks so much for this. It saved me from taking several screen shots.
thx helped me a lot
One word, LEGEND!
thank you sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much <3
Paste Pro extension in Chrome does it all .
I tried all of this things, but nothig works.
Used the Mozilla / Firefox option – Worked Perfectly – Thanks!!!
The best way is open the website in Opera and right click to select “save to PDF”. There you can select all the texts you need and copy. :)
Extensions above are not working.
Enable right click
thank u very much
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Thank a lot, The info was very helpful.
WHAT WILL WORK WITH BRAVE BROWSER?
i tried to use right to copy and it worked for my brave. note all extensions of chrome can run on brave.
right to copy
Any luck on a Chrome workaround? I used to use Firefox, but it bogged both my systems and crashed randomly, no matter the update. So I switched and still getting used to it.
Worked on Chrome. Thx a lot !
I use Pocket – https://getpocket.com – to save web pages (rather than bookmarking them). When I encounter a page that won’t let me right click or highlight text, I save it to Pocket. Then I go to my Pocket list, open the link, and copy it from there. Don’t click on ‘View original’ or you’ll be back where you started. Just copy from the cached page. Works for both text and images.
thanks for all the help but it still doesn’t work for me and i’m extremely desperate to copy and paste for some really important images i need, could anyone help?
Thanks bro , you helped me a lot ðŸ˜‡
Chose the print page option and copy from the print preview box. It is easy, and it works!
save as pdf and enjoy
On Chrome something that works for me is to do ctrl+a then ctrl+c and paste onto a word doc. Then just copy and paste what you want from there! More useful if you want to copy ALOT of stuff because.