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Some websites do not allow readers to copy and paste content on a web page, so what can you do to copy text that cannot be copied? Here, we list seven useful ways for you to learn how to copy text from a protected website or uncopyable windows screen.

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Updated by Daisy on Jul 20, 2023
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Can't copy text from a website? Sometimes, you'll encounter web pages that prevent you from copying and pasting the content. Switching to a different web browser (Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge...) won't let you do the copy thing, either. When you cannot copy text off from a website, it's usually because the website has set the restriction settings to disable the regular copy manner to take effect. What can you do to copy text that cannot be copied? We have seven practical tips for you.

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Method 1. Copy through Print Right-click the web page that won't let you copy...Full steps
Method 2. Copy from Source Code Right-click the current web page you cannot copy...Full steps
Method 3. Drag and Drop to Paste Right-click on the mouse and don't let go...Full steps
Method 4. Copy in the Search Box Select the text to be copied, right-click on the...Full steps
Method 5. Disable Javascript Firefox users can press F12, then F1 to open the...Full steps
Method 6. Convert Image to Text You can use the Print Screen button to take a...Full steps
Method 7. Install a Plugin Extension Most plugins are available to enable selection...Full steps
Copy Files to Make a Backup Support Disk/partition backup, File backup...Full steps
* This is a professional article we included in the EaseUS backup and recovery tutorials and guides, as the topic of copying files/texts is related to the file backup topic. Meanwhile, cracking websites' copy restrictions by disabling javascript or applying plugins may cause new issues on your computer. To be on the safe side, it's better to create a disk/partition backup using the EaseUS free backup software, to make a backup copy of important data files, programs and browser configurations for disaster recovery.

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Method 1. Copy Through the Print Option

Difficulty: ★★☆☆☆  

Effect: ★★★☆☆  

Step 1. Right-click the web page that won't let you copy the entire text on it and select "Print". For example, in Google Chrome, this highlighted circle in the below screenshot is the Print option. 

copy text from print setting

Step 2. In the preview window, we don't select to print but only copy the pages. If you don't mind copying unnecessary text information in the headers and footers on the page, press Ctrl+A to select all pages' content, and then press Ctrl+C to copy all the selected pages. Next, create a new text document and press Ctrl+V to paste all texts in the document.

Step 3. Delete those unwanted texts after the copy and paste.

Method 2. Copy from the Source Code

Difficulty: ★★★★☆
Effect: ★★★☆

Step 1. Right-click the current web page you cannot copy anything from it and select View source code. (Ctrl+U is the shortcut key to open the source code in Google Chrome)

copy from source code

Step 2. The source code is used by programmers a lot, and it might look a little strange to us due to the dense codes we don't know. But it's fine to locate the main content we care about if we use Ctrl+F to locate the content area we prefer.  E.g. Enter a beginning phrase or sentence in the Find checkbox, and hit Enter. The exact texts will be highlighted. Follow the highlighted texts and drag your mouse to select all the texts you need, and select "Copy".

Method 3. Drag and Drop to Paste

Difficulty: ★☆☆☆☆
Effect: ★★☆☆☆

This is the most direct and convenient method, but it works differently on web pages. I tested this method and succeeded in my office computer, but the result turns to be ineffective on my home laptop. Anyway, it's worth trying as it's merely simple and fast.

Step 1. Right-click on the mouse and don't let go, move the cursor to highlight the text you want to copy.

Step 2. Now drag the text you've selected and drop it to the place you want to paste.

Method 4. Search Text and Copy in the Search Box

Difficulty: ★☆☆☆☆
Effect: ★★☆☆☆

There is a Search function in most popular web browsers, including Microsoft Edge, Firefox and Google Chrome. So, this copy and paste manner can help you get rid of most websites' restrictions. Take Google Chrome as an example.

Step 1. Select the text to be copied, right-click on the highlighted content and choose Search Google for "...". If there are too many to copy, you can repeat the steps in several phrases.

copy text through search

Step 2. The search page will open in a new window, you can then double click the search box area in order to select all the texts. Press Ctrl+C to copy and then Ctrl+V to paste it onto a new document.

Method 5. Disable Javascript from the Browser

Difficulty: ★★★☆☆
Effect: ★★★☆☆

JavaScript is typically used to prevent mouse functionality on most websites. Mostly, websites using javascript can block the mouse-clicking, disallow visitors to copy some or all of the text displayed on a webpage to the clipboard. If you turn off JavaScript temporarily on the site, you will be able to copy any text that appears on it. Here's how to.

  • Firefox users can press F12, then F1 to open the preferences and check the disable JavaScript on the page that opens.
  • Chrome users can disable JavaScript in the Content settings: chrome://settings/content
  • Internet Explorer users can turn off JavaScript in Internet Option > Security > Zone > Custom Level > Active Scripting
  • Opera users can disable JavaScript under Websites in the Opera settings: opera://settings/
Over 90% of the websites rely heavily on Javascript, the famous ones are Google, Facebook, YouTube, and Amazon, and disabling the Javascript will cause issues while browsing the majority of the sites. Therefore, don't forget to resume the Javascript setting and turn it on to ensure smooth Internet browsing.

Method 6. Take a screenshot and Convert Image to Text

Difficulty: ★★★★☆
Effect: ★★★★☆

If none of the above methods help you overcome the copy and paste limitation, the last resort is to take a screenshot of the whole page, or a fixed region, and then use an image to text converter to transfer the image to an editable text.

You need to use some online software or extensions/plugins to put it into effect.

Step 1. Take a screenshot on Windows. You can use the Print Screen button to take a screenshot of the entire screen. Or, add a plugin in Chrome called GoFullPage to take a long screenshot of the web page.

Step 2. Crop the screenshot image and leave only the wanted text.

Step 3. Use an image to text converter to recognize the image, and automatically translate to words. Some online chatting apps like QQ and WeChat has provided users with a free option to translate. 

Step 4. It might need you to do some proofreading after the conversion. Most apps can recognize the image correctly.

Method 7. Install a Plugin Extension to Copy and Paste

Difficulty: ★★☆☆☆
Effect: ★★★★☆

Most plugins are available to enable selection of the no copying sites, and enable the copy and paste on prohibited pages. One of the plugins we tested to be effective is called SuperCopy. Click the link to add it to Chrome and have a try.


install plugin to copy text

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FAQ on How to Copy Text That Cannot be Copied

How do I copy text that is protected?

As we mentioned in the post, you can copy text that is protected through printong, copying from source code, drag and drop to paste, copy in the search box, disabling Javascript, installing a plugin extension, etc.

How can I copy text from a PDF that Cannot be copied?

There may be times when you come across a PDF document that you cannot copy text from. Here are some methods that can help:

  • Use a PDF editor. A PDF editor will let you select the text you want to copy and then copy it normally. We recommend using PDFelement as it is a powerful and user-friendly PDF editor.
  • Use a screen capture tool. A screen capture tool like Snagit will let you take a screenshot of the PDF document and then you can copy the text from the image.
  • Use OCR. Optical character recognition (OCR) is a technology that can be used to extract text from images and PDF documents.

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Updated by Daisy

Daisy is the Senior editor of the writing team for EaseUS. She has been working in EaseUS for over ten years, starting from a technical writer to a team leader of the content group. As a professional author for over 10 years, she writes a lot to help people overcome their tech troubles.

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Written by Jean

Jean has been working as a professional website editor for quite a long time. Her articles focus on topics of computer backup, data security tips, data recovery, and disk partitioning. Also, she writes many guides and tutorials on PC hardware & software troubleshooting. She keeps two lovely parrots and likes making vlogs of pets. With experience in video recording and video editing, she starts writing blogs on multimedia topics now.

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