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.
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.Advertisement