7 ways to copy content from a website with disabled text selection and right clicking

7 ways to copy content from a website with disabled text selection and right clicking

“… if it’s online, in one way or another it can be copied”

Since the beginning, the idea of having the internet was as a result of the need to share information freely.

Over the years website developers have come up with several ways to ‘disable’ copying of information from websites. But if you know what you are doing and where to look no such barriers can prevent getting what you want.

The most common way websites use to disable copying and right click involves use of JavaScript, whereas others use simple styling properties to disable text selection.

Personally, I would not advise any of my clients to implement these restrictions on their websites since it only gives your visitors a bad experience.

Below are some of the ways you can copy content from a website that has disabled text selection and/or right-clicking.

1. Disable JavaScript from the browser

As I mentioned in the beginning most website use JavaScript to disable text selection and right-clicking. Luckily browsers have a setting where you can either enable or disable JavaScript and in this case disable it, save and reload the page.

Once done copying don’t forget to activate javascript because some websites like facebook and other heavy rely on JS and disabling it will break these websites.

Disabling javascript on google chrome browser
Disabling javascript on google chrome browser

2. Copy from website source code

Websites are written in hypertext markup language (HTML). This code can be viewed by right clicking on the website if not disabled and selecting “View source”

For beginners, this will be confusing and overwhelming and you might require basic HTML skills.

However, if the website has disabled right click simply put below on your browser  followed by the website/page URL

  • view-source:https://www.manjemedia.com

Once you have access to the code you can easily get the information you want and copy paste as you desire.

Viewing page source on chrome browser in windows OS
Viewing page source on chrome browser in windows OS

3. Select from inspect element.

I will recommend this method for copying a small amount of text, it’s tedious. If the website is right click enabled but you can’t select the text simply right click on the text and choose “Inspect element” A small window will open with the web page source codes.

The only task will be to find the text within the codes mostly held by “<p></p>” code which you can comfortably copy. I know it’s confusing but check out below, to help you understand

I know it’s confusing but check out below, to help you understand

inspect element code

Copy from inspect element code

4. Using Proxy Sites

As opposed to disabling JavaScript from browser’s setting, some proxy website will give you an option to disables JavaScript before accessing a website.

There are many websites offering this service, search for “free proxy website” on your favorite search engine and begin to experiment.

5. Print website to PDF

In this case, you need to install print-to-PDF drivers such as PDFCreator. After installing the drivers you can easily print that web page to PDF which you can then copy the content you require.

6. Disable from CSS user-select property

CSS, i.e. Cascading Style Sheets, is what defines how the website looks likes i.e. the colors, fonts e.t.c This tool can also be used to disable text selection on a website using the property.user-select

Using inspect element window locate this property on the CSS. If you find it  ‘untick’ to disable it.

7. Take a screenshot of the content.

This is particularly useful with images where you can take a screenshot of the image/s from the restricted website and save it in your computer.

In addition, using OCR. i.e “Optical Character Recognition” technology one can extract all visible text as editable text and copy the text.


It’s best practice to always acknowledge the source once you copy any information from a website, that way you won’t be stealing.

Infographic: 7 ways to copy content from a restricted website



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