Copying text or an image from a web page can be useful for taking notes or generating documentation. Select a link below for help on how to copy text and images from a web page, and other useful information.
How to copy text from a web page ?
To copy text from a web page, find the beginning of the text you want to copy. Press and hold the left mouse button. Then, drag the mouse from the top-left to the bottom-right part of the section of text you want to copy.
To copy the highlighted text, on your keyboard, press the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+C or right-click the highlighted text and click Copy.
To paste text, place your cursor in the appropriate location and press the keyboard shortcut key combination Ctrl+V, or right-click where you want to paste the text and click Paste.
The text is copied from the web page to a new or existing document. From there, you can change the formatting of the text (bold, italics, font color or size, etc.).
How to copy an image from a web page ?
To save (download) an image, right-click any image on a website to view the properties menu for that image, as shown below. If you want to copy that image into another document, click the Copy image option from the menu. If you want to save the image file to your computer, so it can be used or uploaded elsewhere choose the Save image as option.
If you selected the Save image as option, a Save As or Save Picture window would open, allowing you to choose where to save the image and to change the name. Click the Save button to save the picture to your computer.
Pasting the image :
If you select the Copy image option, that image is saved to the clipboard. To paste the image, move the cursor to where you want to paste and press Ctrl+V or right-click where you want to paste the image and select Paste.
Is it legal to copy a website’s text and images ?
The act of copying text and images is not illegal. However, how you use the information may be restricted by the web page’s Copyright. For example, copying all text from a web page and using it on another web page is against most sites’ Copyrights because it’s duplicating their content.
If you’re uncertain about the Copyright rules, contact the article author or the webmaster of the web page asking for permission to use their content.
Additional tips with copying a website’s text and images :
There are multiple online services to help share text between computers and other Internet users online. Below are two of our favourites.
Pastebin – By far one of the best places to paste your code and other text. The service requires no login to paste text but does offer a login option for those wanting to edit or delete posted text. The service also has browser plugins to paste text and apps for all major smartphones and tablet devices.
Evernote – One of the most popular online sharing services. Evernote is a free collaboration and note taking service that allows you to save notes, clippings, video, pictures, word documents, and much more.
ScrapBook – This great plugin allows any Firefox user to save web pages and even snippets of web pages to read and edit or view later.