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I need to copy data from a selection box with the "multiple" HTML attribute that looks something like this:


I have tried selecting all options and do "Ctrl-C" but it didn't work. When I go to the source, I can get the data but there is no way to filter out the HTML codes that goes with it.

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<option value="volvo">Volvo</option>
<option value="saab">Saab</option>
<option value="opel">Opel</option>
<option value="audi">Audi</option>

Copy all the option tags (see above) from the HTML source (you'll find them between select tags) and paste into Notepad++, then search/replace as follows with the Regular expression option selected:


Find what: <option.*?>(.*?)</option>
Replace with: \1

You can also use Microsoft Word to search/replace as follows with the Use wildcards option selected:


Find what: \<option*\>(*)\</option\>
Replace with: \1

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