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I am running Google Chrome 5. How can I select hyper link text using the mouse with, for example, CTRL or ALT keys?

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Put the mouse cursor below the hyper link just after the cursor changes to the arrow. Now press the left button and move the mouse until the required text is selected. If you put the cursor above the hyper-link it does not work in most cases.

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That's a problem with all browsers, because a click on the link executes it.

The workaround is to move the cursor a bit to the right or left of the link, until the cursor changes to its normal shape (not the link-type shape), then click and drag to select the text, finally using ctrl-c to copy the text to the clipboard.

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Actually my concern is the text in the middle of a long hyperlink. I can't believe it is a missing feature in all browsers! –  mmonem Aug 9 '10 at 17:10
@mmonem: No way - need to select it all, then cut up using a text editor. –  harrymc Aug 9 '10 at 19:04
@harrymc, do ypu have any reference for what you say? –  mmonem Aug 10 '10 at 4:58
@mmonem: Only my personal experience. But as you can see, no other person on this forum has come up with another idea. –  harrymc Aug 10 '10 at 6:24
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There is a chrome extension now called: ToggleLink: Select Text From Link

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Tried that a while ago. Didn't work for me :( –  Oliver Salzburg Feb 19 '13 at 16:37
@OliverSalzburg This extension is not working on some page like Gmail. But most site appear fine. See introduction of the extension on Google Web Store for detail. –  Tony Lee Feb 19 '13 at 20:33
This works for me, it's a little bit tricky to use but it works. Just right click on the link and select ToggleLink(GetText) from context menu. –  Iuliu Atudosiei Aug 19 '13 at 7:13
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You can use built in Developer Tools to locate hyperlink in raw html code and select any part of it.

  1. Right click target hyperlink and choose "Inspect Element" from drop-down menu.
    Developer Tools window will appear in the bottom with hyperlink highlighted in html page code.
  2. Double click hyperlink text (the one between <a>,</a> tags).
    Edit box will appear allowing to select (or edit) any part of hyperlink text.
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Try this extension: Hyperlink Text Selector

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