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Is there a way to copy-paste website content with formatting in Google Chrome? Perhaps an extension that gives such an option?

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Well, Chrome, or any modern browser, when copying your selection, will always copy the HTML (i.e., with formatting). The software you're pasting it into, however, need to support this (most office programs do, but you might need to select "Paste Special" or Ctrl+Shift+V).

Still, the browser will only copy the HTML, but not the styles associated with it, so any indirect formatting through CSS rules will most likely not be copied and, in fact, it would be very difficult to copy them.

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Exactly. @Volodymyr, where are you trying to paste into? –  Marcus Chan Feb 7 '13 at 8:23
Trying to paste it on another tab in the same browser, to another SE site as an answer. –  Volodymyr Feb 7 '13 at 8:25
@Volodymyr That won't ever work, since browser input fields never support formatting, only plain text (unless it's a javascript-based rich edit field, which is not the case for SE sites). –  Stefan Seidel Feb 7 '13 at 8:26
I see, so only manual formatting is possible, which is pretty time-consuming:(. –  Volodymyr Feb 7 '13 at 8:34
Stack Exchange sites use MarkDown, so I think you should be able to edit an answer/question to access the MarkDown script and paste that into the other Stack Exchange site as an answer. –  Sam Feb 7 '13 at 9:38
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Like Stefan said, any browser will copy the html, but you need to paste it into a program that will recognise it.

This is something I've been trying to do today, and there are some great wysiwyg editors you can use:

I wish there was a preview mode for these, but well, they work!

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