How to copy text and images from a web page
Note: The instructions on this page are for copying web page content from a computer, not a tablet or smartphone device.
How to copy text from a web page
To copy text from a web page, find the beginning of the text you want to copy. Press and hold the left mouse button and then drag the mouse from the top left to the bottom right of the entire selection of text you want to copy. Everything that is highlighted will be copied.
To paste text, place your cursor where you want it to be pasted and press the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+V, or right-click where you want to paste the text and click Paste.
The text will be copied from the web page to a new or existing document. From there, you can change the formatting of the text (bold, italics, font color or size, etc.).
Tip: When pasting text into a program, such as Microsoft Word, that supports formatting, the format, font, and layout of the text may be copied along with the text. If you want to copy text without the formatting, use the paste special or paste text feature of the program you are pasting the text.
How to copy an image from a web page
To save an image, right-click any image on a website to view the properties menu for that image, as shown below. If you want to copy that image into another document, click the Copy image option from the menu. If you want to save the image file to your computer, so it can be used or uploaded elsewhere choose the Save image as option.
Note: The above example of the right-click menu is in Google Chrome. If you are using Internet Explorer or another Internet browser, your menu options may differ. You may see options for Copy and Save picture as. Use these options, instead of the options stated above, to achieve the same results.
If you selected the Save image as option, a Save As or Save Picture window would open, allowing you to choose where to save the image and to change the name. Click the Save button to save the picture to your computer.
Note: Some web pages may disable the right-click ability or have their page setup to prevent the copying or saving of images using the above method.
Pasting the image
If you selected the Copy image option, that image is saved to the clipboard. To paste the image, move the cursor to where you want to paste and press Ctrl+V or right-click where you want to paste the image and select Paste.
Is it legal to copy a website's text and images?
The act of copying text and images is not illegal. However, how you use the information may be restricted by the web page's Copyright. For example, copying all text from a web page and using it on another web page is against most sites' Copyrights because it is duplicating their content.
If you are not sure about the Copyright rules, contact the author of the article or the webmaster of the web page asking for permission to use their content.
Tip: Most Copyright related information is found in the Copyright links or legal pages found on the bottom of most web pages.
There are dozens of online services that can help share text between computers and other Internet users online. Below are two of our favorites.
Pastebin - By far one of the best places to paste your code and other text. The service requires no login to paste text but does offer a login option for those wanting to edit or delete posted text. The service also has browser plugins to paste text and apps for all major smartphones and tablet devices.
Evernote - One of the most popular online sharing services. Evernote is a free collaboration and note taking service that allows you to save notes, clippings, video, pictures, word documents, and much more.
ScrapBook - This great plugin allows any Firefox user to save web pages and even snippets of web pages to read and edit or view later.
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