Sometimes while writing an article, I capture example text from previously published online essays, letters, or other content types. Some sites seek to prevent this type of content copying. They begin by disabling the standard mouse features of drag, highlight, right click, and copy. If you know how to get around this, you will soon see that such content when pasted into MS Word results in a series of colored squiggles that are worth little as review text. This article will show you a few methods for bypassing these anti-copy schemes.
Now I am not writing to help you plagiarize other work. I make such copies for use as mind food, and paste them into a current work only as temporary reminder of important items. When writing about a new subject, I am in a learning stage (this often happens with work-for-hire jobs). There will be words and manners of style with which I am unfamiliar. Much of the actual content may be outside my range of knowledge and understanding. By pasting certain text into the lower areas of my ongoing document, I am able to study and review as I write. This keeps me from having to page back and forth through the Internet browser and the word processor.
This is how it works:
Pull up a web page that contains the information you need. Point the mouse at a desired starting point, and then press and hold the left button. Drag to a desired finish point, and then release the mouse button. If it seems always to highlight more than you intended, here is a simple fix: move the starting point to just after the first letter in the first desired word; move the ending point to just before the last letter in the final desired word (Fig. 1 and Fig. 2). This keeps you from picking up on invisible html frames that force an over capture After the highlighting is completed, press the right mouse button to bring up options that deal with copy and paste. Select Copy from the list. Some anti-copy routines block this method of text capture. Get around this by going to the Edit menu and selecting the copy function from there. You may also get around it by pressing Ctrl + C. Return to your word processing program. Left click once to mark a desired point of pasting. Right click to bring up the options dealing with copy and paste. Select paste and the material will be dumped into your word processor.
At this point, you may be facing an invisible copy. Get around this in one of the two following methods.
Position the mouse pointer somewhere above the known point of where you pasted the copy. Press and hold the left button. Drag down to below the suspected point of invisible content. Release the mouse button. Using the text controls on your menu bar set the text color to black. This should reveal the hidden text. Again, using the menu bar adjust the text heading, font, and size to a desired setting.
Skip the step of first posting into your word processor. Open the Windows Notepad program. This is located under Start, Programs, and Accessories. Use the same right click method to access the paste function. When pasted into Notepad, the copied text will be stripped of any formatting features that have restricted proper display in a normal word processor. Click, drag, and highlight the cleaned up text. Right click to access the copy function. Switch to your standard word processor and copy the cleaned up text into a desired location.
Take care not to let this example essay become your article. This procedure is intended to help you work faster, but it must always be your own work that ends up getting published.