Don't F with Paste is a browser extension for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox web browsers that unblocks the use of copy and paste on any website you visit.
Some companies and developers believe that it is a good idea to block certain built-in features of the operating system on their sites. Copy and paste is probably one of the better known examples for that.
Sites may block you from pasting into password fields, for instance during sign in or sign up to a service. During sign-up, it is probably done to make new users type the password so that they can remember it better and don't make any mistakes when they paste it. Downside is that it prevents anyone from using a password manager or generator effectively.
While it is still possible to generate passwords using those programs or tools, you'd have to type it manually on sites that block pasting unless you bypass the limitation.
The extension is available for Firefox and Chrome. While not mentioned explicitly, it is likely that the add-on will work in browsers that use the same code foundation such as Vivaldi, Waterfox, or Opera.
The extension does not bypass the blocking of copy or paste jobs on sites automatically. It uses rules that determine whether it is active on any particular webpage or not. While that may sound intimidating at first, the basic options are not complex and easy to apply.
Here is how it works: you activate the extension button that it places in the toolbar when you notice that a site blocks copy or paste jobs. Doing so opens the rule editor for the site. Select the save button to save the basic rule; the change is active immediately and you should notice that copying and pasting is no longer prevented on the web page or any other page that matches the rule.
Rules support regular expressions which you can make use of to create advanced rules. The extension indicates whether it is activate on a page or not with the icon color. A blue colored icon indicates that it is active on the page, a white one that it is inactive. Active means that copy and paste blocks are bypassed by the extension, inactive that this is not the case.
Do you need the extension? The answer to the question depends entirely on the sites you visit. If you visit sites regularly that prevent copy and paste jobs, and you do copying or pasting on them, then you will find the extension useful. Chrome users may be able to use the browser's Override Tool to make permanent changes to websites instead which would mean that they would not have to install a browser extension for that. It would require a bit of code diving and changing though.
Don't F with Paste is an open source browser extension; users interested in going through the code or in development may check out the code repository on GitHub.
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