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How to Copy Text from Protected Images and Web Pages

How to Copy Text from Protected Images and Web Pages

How to Copy Text from Protected Images and Web Pages

Copying text directly from images is not possible. Similarly, some webpages are here that do not allow their visitors to copy the content from their site. Content protection, also known as disabling right-clicking, is an outdated and ineffective UX practice. Most online sites avoid these strategies because they can result in a poor user experience and low repeat visitors.

However, some websites employ these strategies to protect text and images, preventing fraudsters and plagiarists from copying content without proper attribution. Some people, like students, still need copies for legal reasons, but it is important to only copy text from safe websites. If you need to copy text from a protected website, I will tell you some easy methods to do this. Continue reading this.

Copying Text from Protected Images and Web Pages

The most effective way to copy the text from an image with accuracy is by using an image-to-text converter. This tool uses optical character recognition to analyze the image and extract text from it. The OCR tools are available as online tools and Chrome extensions. Let's discuss them one by one.

Using Image to Text Tool

Here is the method to do so:

  1. Download the image from the Web page to your device.
  2. If the image is protected and cannot be downloaded, you can take a screenshot of it.
  3. Go to the Image to text converter.

  1. Drag and drop the image or select files directly from your computer

  1. Select the image from the device and then click the "Open" button.

  1. After uploading the image, click the "Submit" button.

  1. The tool will extract the image's text automatically.

  1. You can copy text to the clipboard.

Using OCR Chrome Extension

Using the OCR Chrome extension is even more convenient than the tool. It can extract text from both web pages and images at the same time. The best option for extracting text while working online is the Image to Text browser extension. It is an efficient, accurate, and reliable extension. This is how you use this extension to get text from an image on a protected website.

  1. Go to the Chrome Web Store and open the Image to Text browser extension.
  2. Press the "Add to Chrome" button. 
  3. The extension will be downloaded and set up automatically.
  4. Click the extension button in your browser after going to the page with the picture or protected text.
  5. Select the Image to Text extension.
  6. It will show up as an arrow with guides.
  7. Click and drag the cursor to choose the part of the picture or page you want to turn into text.
  8. A small box with the extracted text will show up in the lower right corner.
  9. You can copy and change the text in the box.

Using Javascript

If the right-click button for copying text is disabled on any webpage, it is mostly done by Javascript. It can be enabled by disabling Javascript. I will discuss the methods to disable Javascript on different browsers.

On Chrome for PC or Mac

  • Select Settings from the three-dot menu, then click on Privacy and Security, then Site Settings.
  • Click on “Javascript” and select the “Don’t allow sites to use Javascript” option.
  • Next, copy the text after refreshing the page. Later, turn on JavaScript again.

On Chrome for Android

  • In Chrome, press the three dots in the top right corner and select Settings > Site settings.
  • Under the “Advanced” badge, click on “Site Setting” and then Javascript.
  • Turn off the Javascript and copy the text from a page.

On Edge For PC or Mac

  • Open the three-dot menu and select Settings. Then, go to Cookies and site permissions. Finally, select JavaScript.
  • Turn off the Javascript and copy the text.

On Firefox for PC or Mac:

  • In the address bar, type about config and press Enter or Return.
  • To go ahead, click "Accept the Risk."
  • Type "javascript" into the search bar, click "javascript. enabled" in the list of results, and then click the "off" button to turn off JavaScript.

Using Source Code

If a website does not allow copying text for unsubscribed users, or when you copy the text and paste it anywhere, it shows just a few words, and then the link to that webpage, you can use the source code option to copy the text. Here are the steps to follow:

  • Remember the first few words of your desired paragraph
  • Right-click on the page and click on the “View page source” option.
  • If a right click is disabled, enable it using the Javascript method mentioned above.
  • On the source page, slick “Cltr+F.”
  • In the search bar, write the first few words to locate your text.

Final Words

Websites protect their data from fraudsters and the people who use it and do not give them due credit. It is correct, but it is not good for better website UX. The webmasters should avoid this. But for many reasons, you should not copy or plagiarize. It is basically fraud. You claim ideas or resources that belong to someone else as your own.

It can be difficult to copy text directly from protected sources, but there are ways to do it. Image-to-text tools and OCR extensions can accurately extract text from images. Website restrictions can sometimes be circumvented by turning off JavaScript or looking at the source code. But it is important to remember copyright laws and give credit where credit is due when you copy something.

Masum Billah

Authored By Masum Billah

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