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01-Sep-2008, 03:50 PM #1
Solved: Why Can't I select text on some websites?
Why is it that on most websites you can select, copy and paste text to a separate document and others you can't? For example, while visiting the snopes.com website I attempted to select some text to copy and paste into an email. The text would not select. I tried several other sites just to see if I was having problems with my computer and I could select and copy text with no difficulty. Do some sites prohibit this?
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01-Sep-2008, 04:28 PM #2
I think they do, to prevent theft. It's the same as the right-click being disabled entirely on some pages. It is disabled on Snopes.com:

"function disableselect(e)"

Some browsers, like Flashpeak's Slimbrowser, have a "Save As" function under the File menu that has .txt as an option and will create a text file with all the text from the page. It works on Snopes, too.

You cal also save it if you turn off javascript for the page.
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02-Sep-2008, 08:17 PM #3
Thanks for the good info.....That's what I like about this site, you can always learn something new.
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03-Sep-2008, 03:56 PM #4
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Thanks for the good info.....That's what I like about this site, you can always learn something new.
If your browser allows it, you can also use the "Save As" function to save only the HTML. Then, open the html page in your browser and View Source. Now that the source is on your machine, you can edit it. Delete all the top part of the source about scripting, down to where the html begins. Save as you close, and the text will now be selectable.
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