A common theme across several sites is blocking text selection. This means that visitors can’t select and copy text from said sites. In this article, we’re looking at seven ways to copy text that cannot be copied on sites that block text selection.
Go to the source
Once a site is loaded in your browser, you can access its source code by either right-clicking the page and clicking View Page Source or using a keyboard shortcut like Ctrl + U (works on Edge and Chrome). Once the source is open, find the text you want to copy and go ahead as you usually would.
Use the user-select property
CSS is used to style pages, but some properties can control page behaviour to some extent. The user-select property in CSS controls whether or not a user can select items on the page. You can use dev tools in your browser to disable any active CSS properties and select the text you want.
Step 1: Right-click the text you want to select and click Inspect.
Step 2: Under the Styles tab in the dev tools window, find the user-select property and uncheck the checkbox next to it, disabling the property.
You can now copy text as usual. Dev tools are also a great way to experiment with sites and learn web development.
Inspect the Element
Similar to the last step, inspecting the element will point you to the text you want to copy in the page’s source code. All you have to do is right-click the text and select Inspect. The selected text will show up in the dev tools window, and you can copy it from there.
Print website to PDF
Just like most documents, you can save a website as a PDF as well. Either right-click the page and select Print or press Ctrl + P to open the print window and save the page as a PDF.
Once you’re done, you can open it up just like a regular PDF document and select the text you want.
Use a proxy site
Take a screenshot
If nothing else works, you can always take a screenshot of the page and move on with your day. This is especially helpful if you’re looking to copy an image off of a site, as you can later crop the screenshot and upscale it to meet your needs.
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