1. Way 1 — Ctrl + U
  2. Way 2 — Ctrl + P or Print Website to PDF
  3. Way 3 — Disable JavaScript
  4. Way 4 — Extensions for Browser
  5. How to Protect Text Effectively

The protection of the main modern value

The Internet of XXI century contains a lot of multimedia content, but the main part of the web is still the thing, for which the HTML language and HTTP protocol were invented, the most informative element of any site – the text.

How to copy content from a website with disabled text selection

Way 1 – Ctrl + U

Text protection on the Internet is always made in the same way – a user is forbidden to use the right mouse button and context menu, to select and copy while reading the text. The prohibitions are made with the help of JavaScript or <body> tag. Some masters use special CSS styles, that forbid only selection (but not copying) on the page.

All these methods are easy to bypass. There are even more ways to bypass the protection than ways to protect the text.

The easiest step – to call HTML-code using a shortcut “Ctrl + U”. It always works and shows you text with markup and script codes. You just need to find the text you need and copy it to a text editor to remove the markup. You can also use the shortcut “Ctrl + Shift + V” to paste only text (without markup).

This way is ideal to copy 1–2 sentences.

If you need to copy several paragraphs, it will take time to remove all the code elements after you paste it. But “Ctrl + Shift + V” can still help you.


Way 2 – Ctrl + P or print website to PDF

In this case we get the needed text by calling print page version using “Ctrl + P”. It works with Google Chrome and Opera browsers. When you use it, you’re shown a simplified document version, where you can select and copy the content.


You can use a similar way in Firefox and Internet Explorer (but not in the Edge browser) too. The shortcut “Ctrl + S” offers you different variants to save the page. Choose Text document.txt to get the file without tags. Using Firefox in this case is more convenient, because IE can leave a part of JavaScript code.

Way 3 – Disable JavaScript

One of the most popular ways to copy is to disable JavaScript in browser settings. But this step turns all the active content off, not only the script that protects the text. Websites look “ugly” without JS. But if the text is protected using the <body> tag, the restrictions can not be removed.

For example, in Google Chrome browser you can do it in website settings.

Way 4 – extensions for browsers that remove all the protection in a single click


There are different extensions for browsers, that returns you all the functions, removed by JavaScript or <body> tag. For example, Absolute Enable Right Click & Copy extension allows you to ignore the prohibition to select and copy and turns the warning about disability to copy content from a page off.

This solution tends to be the easiest and most comfortable from the list.

All you need is to set up the extension to your browser by following the link above. Then a mouse cursor icon appears in the upper right corner of the browser. When you click on it, you see 2 settings:

  • “Enable copy” – turns protection from copying off on any website;
  • “Absolute mode” – turns literally any protection from copying content off.
Absolute Enable Right Click & Copy

In addition to the manual method of getting text content from a site there are software solutions. The thing is that text are protected from real users, not from automatical processing. You can get a text with the help of a special websites-parsers that scrape the web. There are a lot of them on the Internet.

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How to protect text on a website effectively

People try to guard and save valuable texts from copying. But ways to do it are all the similar and all imperfect. All of them can be bypassed in 2 clicks as we figured out. Instead of trying to forbid physical copying, it’s better to care about your public copyrighting.

1. Google webmaster tool

Google recommends to reindex a new page in Google Search Console exactly after you created it. And if your content is plagiarized – to file complaints in DMCA.

2. Automatic link to the source when copying

Another method – to declare your rights in already copied text with the help of several JavaScript code lines, which add information about the sourse (original website, author etc.)

For example, try to copy information on this website. As you can see, a link to the source (to this article) appears at the end of the text. This method firstly protects from bots, that collect information for websites with automaticlally generated content.

WordPress allows to activate this functions in a single click with the help of Clearfy Pro plugin. Moreover, this plugin can solve a lot of other WordPress weaknesses – recommend to use it!

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