Last updated: January 2, 2023
Sometimes you browse the net and you see information that seems to be interesting. Then you may have a reflex, that of copy/paste of what you have just seen to share it for example.
It's also useful when you need to gather information quickly and want to sort it out later. You do a whole lot of copy/pasting and refine your searches later with a clear head.
Except that you may have encountered a funny case on some web pages. Indeed, by walking around on it, you are simply impossible to copy/paste and for some, it was even downright impossible for you to right click.
So, no, it's not a bug that comes from you, but a will of the person behind the website, except that sometimes it can quickly become annoying for you to use.
Fortunately, as so often in computing, when you put up a wall, sometimes you just have to go through the little hidden path next to it to manage to get around it and we will teach you how to do it in this article.
The reasons why it is impossible to copy/paste
So, at first glance, we tend not to really understand the reasons that can push a website to do not allow users to copy/paste, but very often, it's for a reason that is very down to earth.
Indeed, you have surely noticed that while browsing the net, especially with regard to the search for information other than what could appear on a classic daily website, we have a fairly common phenomenon.
This phenomenon is simply called plagiarism. The goal is simple, either directly paste an entire article from another site or make an approximate translation of the latter and paste it.
Generally, these people, they don't bother to copy their articles by hand, but do a lot of copying and pasting directly on the site. Well, it is often for them that these measures will be put in place, but it turns out that it is also annoying for ordinary mortals.
Just try switching browsers
The first thing we can advise you to do when faced with a web page that simply refuses to let you do a copy/paste, is totry to open this same web page in another browser.
Indeed, each browser, although it looks like that from the outside to work relatively in the same way, has indeed a functioning which can sometimes be quite different in its architecture.
Thus, there is a way and especially on sites with fairly tight budgets or more limited knowledge in the world of computing that this ban on copy/paste, it has not been implemented on all browsers.
So try the best known ones and if ever after someone you still can't copy/paste on this site, you'll have to go to the next method to be able to succeed.
Go directly to the source code of the page
This method is simple and yet it tends to scare a lot of people. Indeed, she will ask go to the source code of the page and some are afraid that it is illegal.
It does look like what you might see in a movie with hackers, but in fact it's nothing serious. It's schematically the lines of code for your browser to make a nice layout.
We will then have the right to a lot of things that do not interest us at all, but on the other hand, we will also have direct access to the text of the page. However, in this source code of the page, we cannot restrict access to the content.
From then on, you will be able to do as you see fit and copy part of this page. Be careful though, this obviously comes with a downside. This is because it is impossible to copy the specific layout. You will simply have the text with the font of the source code for example.
In addition, on pages that will be very busy, with many images for example, you will also have to sort out the parts that concern the article itself and the others.
But then, how to access this source code will you be tempted to read us? Well it's simple, you just have to click on Control and U simultaneously.
Be careful all the same, know that as it is possible to deactivate the right click, it is possible to do so with the display of the source code.
For this, there are different methods depending on your browser.
On the Google Chrome browser
- Launch Google Chrome and click on the three dots button at the top right of the screen.
- Select Settings.
- Click on Confidentialité et sécurité.
On the Firefox web browser
- On Firefox the procedure is a little more complex. Type the following message in the address bar to get started “about: config".
- Then confirm that you are aware of the risks and want to proceed.
- Double-click the button More + and you can change the value to True to activate it or False to turn it off.
- Ghostery – allows you to block scripts from websites you don't trust.
- On Edge, you will have to click on the three small dots then go to the settings.
- Once done click on Cookies and site permissions located on the left.
On the Opera browser
On Opera it looks a bit like the manipulation on Chrome. Indeed, you must first go to the advanced settings menu.