How to copy as plain text from any source

By Angsuman Chakraborty, Gaea News Network
Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Suppose you are doing some research work at the internet from wikipedia and various other sources and want to copy bits and pieces of information from all the webpages in your doc. The annoying part is, if you simply copy them, there is a chance that many junk codes (like: hyperlinks, ad on hovering your mouse on a certain word etc) can come and disturb the way you want to save them or just won’t let you copy that easily next time. You will have to strip them off for a normal mode which is more tedious. So what if you had an option just to select plain text from any portion of the webpage you want to copy? No associated HTML/ XML code will get copied with it even if its there. Here is a simple Firefox add-on that will help.

  • Just download the add-on, Copy Plain Text.
  • Highlight text to copy
  • Click Edit > Copy as Plain Text
  • Paste this plain text anywhere

More Options

  • Trim space around text: Removes any space before and after the text selected
  • Replace extra spaces: Replaces any occurrence of multiple spaces with a single space
  • Remove extra empty lines: Converts two or more empty lines into a single line
  • Make as default COPY action: Hijacks the default copy action to use this extension to copy text.

June 3, 2009: 4:33 am

Here’s a non-load approach to copying from many sources: select and just use normal crtl + c then paste into wordpad. Try it, you’ll like it.

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