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How to Copy and Paste on Sites That Won’t Let You

by Mrinal Saha
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Most bank and financial websites don’t allow users to copy a piece of text to the clipboard using the mouse or keyboard shortcut for security reasons. For example, I recently used a popular stock broking website called Groww, which doesn’t allow me to copy anything to the clipboard, and they are not the only ones. Every now and then we all come across sites that prevent users from copying snippets of text by disabling right-click menu. A practical solution would be to use a simple browser extension to copy and paste text on websites that don’t allow it.

Copy-Paste Snippets of Text on Sites That Won’t Let You

We will cover extensions for Chrome and Firefox but note that any extension that works on Chrome would also work on other Chromium browsers like Brave and Edge.

1. Download and install Absolute Enable Right Click & Copy on Chrome or Firefox browser.

adding extension in chrome

2. Once installed, open the webpage that’s not allowing you to copy and paste the text.

groww doesn't allow right click menu copy paste option

3. Click the extension icon in the top right corner next to the Settings icon.

select extension in chrome

4. From the popup menu, click on the Absolute Enable Right Click & Copy. A new popup will appear. Select Enable Copy option. You can also select Absolute Mode to force remove any type of protection on the site. However, for most websites, the first option should be sufficient.

enable copy feature on chrome using extension

You should now be able to copy some text on the site. On some websites, like in my case, the extension wasn’t able to highlight the selected text, however, the copy-paste feature worked nonetheless.

Wrap Up: Other Ways to Copy-Paste Text Where Not Allowed

This is the easiest and fastest way to enable copy-pasting text on sites that simply won’t let you. However, there are other methods you can also try such as using the source code of the website, turning off the Javascript, or even taking a screenshot of the website and then extracting text using online OCR converter apps.

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