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There are a lot of websites out there that block your ability to right click or select text. I believe it's done as a sort of half-assed security measure to prevent people from copying text or images. Of course, it's always possible to circumvent that by using DevTools, it's just more time-consuming and annoying.

Here are a couple of examples, sorry for the Hebrew:

  1. On this store, I wanted to select and copy the product name (Behringer MicroMix MX400), but there's "protection" against marking text, right-clicking and possibly copying.

  2. On my broker's website I wanted to right-click the username field so I could do "inspect element" on it, but it won't let me. I was still able to find the element manually in DevTools, but it took more time.

  3. Some websites do let you copy text, but they add their own custom text snippets to the text you copy, usually with a link to that site. Very annoying.

I assume that these "protections" are implemented by listening to events such as clicks and ctrl-C.

Is there a solution for disabling all these annoying "protections" from websites? (specifically in Chrome).

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    As a more lightweight solution when you want to find an element in DevTools that you can't right-click for whatever reason, you can usually bring up DevTools manually with F12 then press Ctrl-Shift-C to select whatever element the mouse is over. I often use this to get the text from elements that are copy-protected since DevTools lets you double-click a text string to edit/copy it. – AlexC Aug 12 '20 at 9:34
  • Hi Ram! This is on the StackOverflow newsletter! – Alex Hall Aug 13 '20 at 11:50
  • Oh wow, I was indeed wondering why there's so much activity on this question recently. We can't seem to avoid running into each other ☺️ – Ram Rachum Aug 13 '20 at 11:52
  • Does this answer your question? How do I set Google Chrome to not allow javascript to hijack my right click menu – Razetime Aug 18 '20 at 13:03
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I have found all these extensions for Chrome. One of them surely will work for you:

(Seems like this annoyance has motivated many developers.)

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I have been using the FF version of this extension and it works fine:

Absolute Enable Right Click & Copy

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As part of uBlock Origin which many (over 10 million) people are using (including myself) and is the de-facto best ad-blocker available. You can simply disable javascript for the site, which allows you to select and copy-paste the text.

Just click this button: enter image description here

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If you don't mind removing all event listeners from the current page:

  1. Open Chrome Dev Tools (Ctrl+Shift+I) and select Console
  2. Type the following to remove all event listeners: $("*").off();
  3. Alternatively, to remove all right-click listeners: $("*").off("contextmenu");

It's a good way to do that particular task without installing any 3rd party add-ons.

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    Only works with websites which uses jquery and exposes it as $ – Tuomas Valtonen Aug 12 '20 at 14:08
  • You can automate this behaviour using something like tampermonkey (that manage userscripts) and then you can create your own userscript that load jquery if not present and then do that trick for you. – Dwhitz Aug 13 '20 at 10:08
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NoScript should help you with most websites which mess with context menus and other annoying things that mess with website experience. It auto-blocks all scripts which it considers unsafe. You can also manually experiment with it for specific sites. This should also prevent clipboard modification.

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You can individually prevent specific scripts from running on each site with this extension. It works on next-pro pretty well.

ScriptSafe is another alternative with a different UI.

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Such blocking is done via JavaScript. Adding extensions (any extension that can allow/block JS) is a nice and handy workaround. A lot of popular extensions were recommended. If, however, you just need this once in a while and you think you don't need and extension, this should be easy enough to achieve:

  • with Chrome: click on the lock-pad in the address bar, then site settings. Chrome will open a new tab with the settings for the site. Choose Block JavaScript. Refresh if necessary, done.
  • with Firefox, you'd better use an extension if you want to block JS selectively on certain sites, instead of blocking JS globally.

This can be done to overcome the blocking message that blur the whole page and telling you that you're using some form of Ad blocker, and requesting you to turn it off.

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