screenshotSelect & Copy HTML Text  |  Download Select part of an HTML document and copy the underlying text to the clipboard!

Some of the important features of the Select & Copy HTML Text addon are listed below. This is followed by an overview of this addon. This summary contains few words about the addon, its function, and its features. Next is FAQ, this section is useful to get information about how this addon works in your browser. If you couldn't find a specific answer, please fill the bug report form on this page or the contact form on the homepage to let us know about your question. Following the FAQ, is the bug report form. It is designed to collect user feedbacks and bugs about this addon. Users can suggest improvements or feature requests through this form too. The next section is for submitting comments about this addon which uses the Facebook comments plugin. The last section is dedicated to reports submitted through the GitHub website. We hope the information provided on this page, could help you get all the basics you need about this addon and enable you to have a better experience with Select & Copy HTML Text.

In short, Select & Copy HTML Text addon lets you easily select part of a webpage and copy the rendered text to the clipboard. Please check the YouTube tutorial below to get an idea of how this addon works in your browser. If you want to contribute to the developement of this addon, please fork it on GitHub, and push your changes to a named branch. Moreover, you can review all the comments made on GitHub commits.

4 Reasons to Use Select & Copy HTML Text

  • Has a toolbar popup to easily turn the addon ON or OFF.

  • Add a context-menu item in the mouse right-click to activate the addon.

  • Has two different selecting mechanisms (select via toolbar button right click).

  • Available for Chrome browser on all operating systems.

YouTube Tutorial

This video gives you an idea of how the extension works in your browser.

Matched Content


  • An HTML or HyperText Markup Language is a document that contains HTML code and is used to create the structure and content of a webpage. HTML documents contain elements that define the structure and layout of a webpage, including headings, paragraphs, lists, links, and images. These elements are represented by tags, which are written in angle brackets and enclosed within the document.

    In general, selecting a text within an HTML document (or the more general format such as XML) is a hard task because, various elements in these documents are often nested, meaning that an element could be contained within another element. For example, a paragraph might be contained within a div element, which is itself contained within a body element. To select the text within the paragraph, you would need to navigate through the nested elements to get to the correct element. Another reason is that many HTML elements do not have a specific width or height, so it can be difficult to determine exactly where the text begins and ends. Such an example is for paragraphs and list items that are meant to flow within the available space on the page. Additionally, in some other HTML elements, such as anchor tags (often used to wrap around blocks of text) underlying text is difficult to be selected as it might not be within the surrounding element. To select text within an HTML document there are three main approaches. The first and most effective is using a plugin or extension. The second approach is using the browser developer tool to inspect the HTML and copy the text (inneText) for desired element(s). The last method is using a text or word editor tool to open the HTML document and find and copy the desired text.

    Overall, selecting text within an HTML document can be a challenging task as it requires navigating through the structure of the document and accurately identifying the elements that contain the desired (rendered) text. To overcome this issue, you can install The - select & Copy HTML Text - extensions. Please read below to get more info about this addon and how it works.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • 1. What is Select & Copy HTML Text?

    Select & Copy HTML Text is a simple add-on that let you copy the rendered text in an HTML document. In general, it is hard to select a text in a webpage as it is structured as an HTML document and therefore words or sentences are encapsulated in nested elements. Therefore, simply selecting a text by mouse might not work as expected. This addon overcomes this issue by capturing the underlying text behind each HTML element. When the addon is active, simply select any section of the page and copy the resulting text to the clipboard (via the copy button at the top-right corner of the popup). Please note that when the addon is active toolbar button is red and for the inactive state, it is grey. Please read below to get more info about this addon and how it works.

  • 2. How can I work with this addon?

    To work with this addon, please navigate to a webpage, then click on the toolbar button to activate the addon (red color). When the addon is active, you will see a banner on the page at the top-left corner saying - Select Mode. Now, select a text by mouse and then click on the copy button at the top-right corner of the page popup to copy the selected text to the clipboard. Please note that reloading or scrolling the page will make the addon inactive, so you need to press the toolbar button again to activate that addon. This addon has two selecting modes which can be chosen via the context menu on the toolbar button. Method #1 is more sophisticated compared to method #2, but on some web pages, either #1 or #2 might work properly. So please try both to see which method works best for you. It is also important to note that, this addon is still in beta and might not work properly on all websites. In future releases, the performance and functionality will get better. In the meanwhile, please report bugs and feature requests through the bug report form on this page.

  • 3. How can I download the source code for Select & Copy HTML Text?

    To download the source code for this extension from Chrome Web Store, it is recommended to use Extension Source Downloader. With this addon, you can download the source code as a ZIP or CRX format to your machine. If you want to download the source code from the Firefox addons store, please open the firefox download link (if available) in the Firefox browser and then right-click on the - Add to Firefox - button and select - Save Link As... - item. Choose the destination folder on your machine and then save the file in XPI format. You can then rename the XPI format to a RAR or ZIP file. Some extensions may have a GitHub repo address, which you can use to download the source code as well. But, it may not be the latest version of the addon. Therefore, downloading the source code from the official web stores is the best option as it always gives you the latest version of the addon.

  • 4. How to access Select & Copy HTML Text settings?

    There are no settings or options associated with this addon. There are only two selecting modes that can be chosen via the toolbar button right-click menu.

  • 5. How to install Select & Copy HTML Text in the Firefox browser?

    Unfortunately, this addon is not released yet for the Firefox browser. It is only available for Chrome and Opera browsers.

  • 6. How can I disable this addon?

    To disable this addon, please head to the extensions tab in your browser. Then, find the addon and press the disable button. Please note that this addon does not have any background activities when you are not using it. Alternatively, you can click on the toolbar button to disable the addon.

  • 7. Why this addon is not working correctly on some websites?

    As mentioned above, this addon is still under development. In general, selecting any text within an HTML document is a complex task. This addon tries to do this task as perfectly as possible, but there are still some bugs and errors while performing this task. In future releases, more improvements are coming, so please stay tuned.


Reporting Bugs

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