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Is there an extension for Google Chrome that would allow me to select a column from a table on the webpage? E.g. when I want to copy text from just one column of a table.

You can select any row or column in Firefox by holding Ctrl key, and I was wondering if a similar feature is available in Chrome.

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Sorry to dig up an old thread, but this might help someone in the future. I wrote a Chrome extension called ColumnCopy which accomplishes this task.

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Thats great @James, thanks for sharing –  kristof Apr 24 '13 at 8:54
    
Is there a reason why your extension adds its Google Analytics stuff to every page? –  thg435 May 16 '13 at 12:44
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Hi @thg435, no not really other than I followed the guide on developer.chrome.com/extensions/tut_analytics.html. My goal was to track to copy column vs. copy table events. That info is helpful for improving the app. You are welcome to check out the code at github.com/jamesandres/ColumnCopy and submit a pull request if you find a better approach. Thanks :) –  James Andres May 22 '13 at 16:10
    
This extension is great, but it strips html and links. Any way around that? –  Artem Russakovskii Aug 18 '13 at 18:41
    
@ArtemRussakovskii not at the moment. A few people have requested this and there is a ticket open for it here github.com/jamesandres/ColumnCopy/issues/7. I'll get to it as free time permits. Feel free to submit a patch! –  James Andres Aug 27 '13 at 14:04
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Another hack - copy the whole table from Chrome to Excel then copy the column. I use this to grab the stock ticker column from a stock screen.

Works using LibreOffice Calc as well.

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Here's a very hacky and somewhat inconvenient workaround: you can use the "Transpose Tables" bookmarklet located on this website to transpose the rows and columns of the tables on the page, and then select the appropriate row. Certainly not ideal, but it's the best thing I was able to find.

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Clever hack. But a hack! –  mdoar Sep 15 '11 at 17:01
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You could also use either of these bookmarklets:

http://w-shadow.com/bookmarklet-combiner/?bookmarklet=2125 http://www.kunalbabre.com/projects/table2CSV.php

to copy out the data as CSV. Then paste that CSV data into excel, and click the column you want in excel and copy that.

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