These days, many websites have taken to adding page-blockers to their written content so that readers are not able to copy the text simply by selecting the relevant portions, right-clicking the mouse and selecting the “Copy” option. Fortunately, there is a way to work around this tactic using Google Chrome with the help of the following steps.
Copying from the Page Source
Open Chrome. Go to the website you wish to copy lines from and click on the article or webpage which contains the content you are searching for.
Right-click on the web page to reveal a drop-down menu of options. Scroll down the list until you see the “Inspect” or “View Source” option and click on it.
A new portion of the web page will be revealed which carries the source code of the webpage. This is the code that carries every piece of information available on the page in HTML language, which your browser translates into the page that is visible on your device.
Use the shortcut Ctrl + F to reveal a search bar. Type in the first few alphabets or words of the portion of the text you wish to copy. This will highlight the part of the source page which carries the raw text you’re looking for, enclosed within various types of coding brackets.
Select the portion of the text you wish to copy, right-click with your mouse and tap on the “Copy” option.
The text has now been copied by your mouse, and you can paste it to a clipboard, document, Google search bar or any other location you wish to use it.
Sometimes the above method may not be enough to copy a piece of text from a webpage. In such cases, you can try these methods instead.
Open Chrome and go to the top-right corner. Click on the three dots, and from the drop-down menu that appears, select the “Settings” option.
To the left of the new page that opens is the “Advanced” tab. Select this tab to reveal a new list of options. Click on “Privacy and Security,” and scroll down until you see “Site Settings” and tap on it.
Take a Screenshot
If you are unable to directly copy the content, you can still take a picture of the webpage using the Screen Capture extension. Once you install this extension, a camera icon will appear next to the address bar on your Chrome browser. Tap on this icon to take a screenshot of the entire webpage.
You can then save it as either a JPG, PNG or PDF file on your device.
Use Ctrl + P to bring up the “Print Page” screen, and choose the “Save page as PDF” option to save the image of the webpage on your device.
As websites fight harder to protect their content from online theft, it is the end user who suffers when you are unable to copy even a name or an address from a webpage. With the help of the above methods, you can circumvent the problem of sites blocking their written content.