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5 Ways to Copy Protected Text from Websites in Chrome

Generally, most websites let you copy text, be it blog posts, articles, or forums online. However, some sites protect their content by not allowing the traditional copy-paste method. Even the right-click + dragging your mouse to select text for copying does not work, and it often leaves us frustrated. To put an end to this problem, we present five ways to copy protected text from websites in Google Chrome.

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Copy Protected Text from Websites in Google Chrome

To copy text from a website that won’t let you, you can try disabling javascript, using third-party extensions,  or even fetching protected text from the source code. Check all the methods in detail below.


Method 1- Disable JavaScript to Copy Protected Text

JavaScript is the key element that helps website developers ensure that their content is not easily copied. While, there is a simple and an obvious workaround – which is to disable it in the first place. Disabling JavaScript is one way in which you can try to copy protected text from websites in Chrome. Here’s a step-by-step procedure for the same.

Step 1: Click on the three dots menu icon in the top right corner. Click on Settings.

Step 2: Click on Privacy and Security.

Step 3: Click on Site Settings.

Step 4: Now click on JavaScript.

Step 5: Instead of disabling JavaScript for all sites at once, we recommend you block it for that particular website only. Click on Add, in the not allowed to use JavaScript section.

Step 6: Now add the URL for the website, and click on Add. Once JavaScript is disabled for that website, you can try to copy text from the site.

Method 2- Simple Allow Copy Extension

This method is by far the best way to copy protected text from websites in Chrome. This extension is easy to use and works like magic. The developers also claim that it does not come with a lot of backend code, hence it is quite stable and bug-free. For the ones interested, you can also access the source code for this extension on the chrome web store page.

Here’s how to install and use the extension:

Step 1: Visit the Simple Allow Copy extension page. Click on Add to Chrome > Add Extension.

Step 2: It is enabled automatically once installed, but if not – click on the extensions menu in the top right corner. Click on Simple Allow Copy.

Step 3: This is all you need to do to enable the extension. Now, you can easily copy protected text from websites.

Method 3- OCR to Copy Text from Protected Website

Optical character recognition is an age-old technology used to read and extract text from documents. Using an OCR extension is another easy way to copy protected text from websites in Chrome. Copyfish is an excellent extension that lets you do so, and here’s a step-by-step method to install the extension.

Step 1: Visit the Copyfish Extension page. Click on Add to Chrome > Add Extension.

Step 2: Open the website which has the protected text, click on the extension icon on the top right corner, and click on the Copyfish extension.

Step 3: The extension provides you with a tool to select the area in which the text you want to copy is present.

Step 4: Once you select the area, the extension opens up a window in which the extracted text is present. You can now copy the text to your clipboard. In case you find some errors, you can click on Redo OCR and give the recognition another try.

Alternatively, you can take a screenshot of the webpage with text. And then, use an OCR service like a website tool or even Google Lens to pull out the text.

Method 4- View Source Code to Copy Protected Text

While the previous three methods provide you with great ways to copy protected text from websites in Chrome, this method can be used if neither of the three does seem to work. This involves a slightly cumbersome procedure compared to the rest, and here’s how you can extract the text using this method.

Step 1: Right-click on the website which has the protected text and click on View Page Source.

Step 2: Now click on Ctrl + F on your keyboard to open up the search box.

Step 3: Inside the search box, type in the starting few words of the text you are unable to copy on the website.

Step 4: The search result finds you the paragraph within the webpage that you initially searched for. You can now copy the text from the lines of code.

Once you paste it into another copy, you might have to clean up the text by removing the elements of the code.

Method 5- Print the Webpage to Copy Protected Text

Printing the webpage in PDF is also one way to copy protected text from websites in Chrome. This is not that clean of a process, so we advise you to use this only as a last resort. Here’s a step-by-step procedure for the same.

Step 1: Right-click on the website which has the protected text you want to copy, and click on Print.

Step 2: Now click on Print, in the pop-up window that appears.

Step 3: Save the PDF in your preferred destination and now you can open the PDF to copy the text, that you were earlier unable to do so.

Wrapping Up

These are some of how you can copy text from protected websites in Google Chrome. We hope this guide helped you copy and paste text from websites or web pages that would not let you do so. Stay tuned to BrowserToUse for more such tips, tricks, and how-tos around browsers you use.