How to Disable Or Enable Copy and Paste on Website

A common problem that web designers face is copy and paste. Copy and pasting can be a huge headache to deal with because it creates duplicate content which slows down the website or makes it unusable.

Luckily, there are many ways to avoid this problem without having to disable your browser’s copy-and-paste function! This blog post will discuss how you can disable copy and paste on websites in order to keep your website running smoothly.

Reasons why you would want to disable or enable copy and paste on a website.

There are many reasons as to why you would want to allow people to copy and paste on your website like sharing valuable content with others, delivering valuable information which will improve communication between people, etc.

On the other hand, there are also reasons as to why you would want to disable copying and pasting such as: preventing malicious activities involving sensitive information, preventing someone from being able to copy and paste a block of text without seeing the rest of the content on a page in a meaningful way.

There are several ways you can disable or enable copy and paste in your browser settings. It’s important to consider all browsers (Firefox, Chrome, Safari) because people may be using more than one browser when browsing different websites.

How to disable copy and paste on a website?

Copy and paste is an awesome feature in HTML DOM. Sometimes, we need to disable copy and paste on a website because of security reasons i.e. to prevent copying website content.

For example, you may need to block copy and paste in order to prevent customer data leakage or to protect against account thefts when filling web forms. We can achieve this by using jQuery or by pure JavaScript for disabling the copy/paste buttons on your webpage when it detects that users are trying to use them so they won’t be able to do so.

Severals way you can disable copy and paste function. Let’s check the example

By disabling right-click using jQuery and pure JavaScript:

By this method, it will prevent visitors from choosing the cut, copy and paste options. These can be disabled through CSS or JavaScript for a particular section on your website by using #id selectors or reference an element with specific attributes such as class name.

The following code snippet demonstrates how simple disabling of mouse-clicking action could look like.

<script type="text/javascript">
	$(document).ready(function () {
		
		//if you want diable right click on whole page
		$("body").on("contextmenu",function(e){
			return false;
		});
		
		//if you want to disable right cick on specific element
		$("#element").on("contextmenu",function(e){
			return false;
		});
	});
</script>

If you want to disable right-click using pure JavaScript, you can use the below code.

<body oncontextmenu="return false" onselectstart="return false" ondragstart="return false">

Disable right-click, cut, copy, and paste using jQuery and pure JavaScript:

Here is the code to disable right-click with cut(ctrl+x), copy(ctrl+c) and paste(ctrl+v) functionality from your webpage.

<script type="text/javascript">
	$(document).ready(function () {
		
		//if you want diable right click on whole page
		$("body").on("contextmenu",function(e){
			return false;
		});
		
		//to disable cut(ctrl+x), copy(ctrl+c) and paste(ctrl+v)
		$("body").bind("cut copy paste", function (e) {
			e.preventDefault();
		});
	});
</script>

If you want to disable right-click as well as cut, copy, and paste using pure JavaScript, you can use the below code.

<body oncontextmenu="return false" onselectstart="return false" ondragstart="return false" oncopy="return false" ondrop="return false" onpaste="return false">

So, by using the above methods, you can disable right-click as well as cut, copy, and paste from your website. You can also prevent users to select a portion of a text from your website by using CSS. It is really helpful on mobile devices.

How to enable right-click aswell as copy and paste on a website?

I am not sure if any of you ever had the problem where you find a website with some text on it but can’t copy and paste those words to use anywhere else. If so, then read on as we will guide you through enabling copy and paste on websites.

To enable copy and paste on a website where right-click is disabled, you need to enable right click first.

If you want to enable right-click on google chrome, use Enable Right-Click for Google Chrome extension. After installing this extension click on the icon on the toolbar and select Enable Right Click option. Now you can easily copy the text.

The best way to enable right-click and copy the content is using a proxy. Just search on google with the term “proxy site”, you will get many results.

Open your site using proxy and also select the Remove Scripts option so that all javascript will be removed and you can easily select the text.

About Ashis Biswas

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