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

You can select any row or column in Firefox by holding the 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
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    Is there a reason why your extension adds its Google Analytics stuff to every page? – georg 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
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    +1 Great work! It solved my problem. But as hakre said, it's better to have more features like selecting, – lesca Jul 5 '16 at 1:00

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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    Until the table has 25 columns and 35k rows with a total size of almost 2 MB for the full contents as text :) – Juha Untinen Dec 8 '15 at 8:14

Here's another one (mine): copytables.

Allows you to select columns, rows and arbitrary areas in a table and copy in different formats.

  • you wrote this extension? You are the best. this is by for the best extention for this purpose! 5 star – matthy Nov 20 '15 at 14:34
  • @hakre this one works like Firefox does! – arekolek Dec 14 '15 at 21:34
  • Should be voted much higher. Thanks for the shortcuts and the decent context menu, in case you forget them. Good work. – Kai Noack Aug 14 '16 at 14:59
  • I installed and used your extension, worked on a w3schools table example page, didn't work in the HTML table (I checked source, WAS table.) document I was trying. So I deactivated it. Tried another extension on this page in same way. After I was done, I suddenly realized my clipboard STOPPED WORKING altogether. Have to reboot! Don't know which one it is, obviously. – Dreamspace President May 11 at 4:35

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.

  • Clever hack. But a hack! – mdoar Sep 15 '11 at 17:01
  • This is good because it doesn't require installing any extensions. – Solomon Ucko Jan 10 at 14:14

With this nice chrome extension Cellect , just like Excel , you can easily select and copy single/multiple cell/row/column/whole table ,by pressing Shift + click/drag to select like what you do in Firefox by CTRL.

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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    This works very well :) Thanks! – Eric Warnke Jan 25 '15 at 4:36

here is another column/cell copy extension for Chrome Browser. https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/table-range-select-and-co/klojbfbefcejadioohmnkhjmbmecfapg

  • Alt + Click selects single cells.
  • Ctrls + Click + move selects table ranges exactly like in Firefox.
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    Link only answer is useless, especially when it will be broken. Can you elaborate on this a little more? – Toto Jun 13 at 17:29
  • Hello please recheck the link its updated. sorry for the broken link – Java Jun 14 at 13:53

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