Copy and paste are two handy computer commands that allow you to transfer the contents of a document or webpage to another location. If you can’t use the copy-paste function in Google Chrome, pursue the troubleshooting solutions below.
How Do You Fix Copy and Paste on Google Chrome?
Check if Copy-Paste Is Blocked
If copy-paste is not working on Chrome, this may indicate the webpage you’re visiting is using a special script that’s blocking text selection. The good news is that there are a few ways to work your way around this restriction.
⇒ Important Note: Before you follow the instructions below, make sure you’re not trying to copy copyright-protected content.
Go to the Source Code
One quick way to bypass text selection restrictions is to go to the source code of the problematic webpage. Press the CTRL and U keys to open the source code of the current webpage in a new browser tab. You should then be able to select the text you’re interested in.
Install a Copy-Paste Extension
Print to PDF
Right-click on the problematic page and select Print. Then select Print to PDF under Destination. You should be able to use the copy-paste function without necessarily saving the PDF page on your computer.
Disable Your Extensions and Clear the Cache
On the other hand, if copy-paste is not working on any websites, this may indicate your browser is faulty. To fix this issue, click on your browser menu, select More tools, click on Extensions and manually disable all your browser extensions. Refresh the tab and check the results.
If the problem persists, clear the browsing cache and cookies and check if you notice any improvements. Click again on Chrome’s menu, and select History twice. Then go to Clear browsing data, select the time range, and hit the Clear data button.
Check for updates and install the latest Chrome version available. If the issue persists, uninstall and reinstall the browser. If reinstalling a fresh copy of Chrome didn’t fix the problem, switch to a different browser.
If you can’t use the copy-paste option in Chrome, disable your extensions, clear the cache and update the browser. On the other hand, if the webpage you’re visiting disabled text selection, press CTRL + U to access the source code. We hope this guide helped you restore the copy-paste function in Chrome. Share your feedback in the comments below.
Mai Huong Nguyen says
Thank you so much for the information as it was very frustrating not being able to copy and paste. I just needed to clear my browsing and it now works. Gratitude!
Obest Chatambarara says
I just cleared the cache and relaunch chrome haaa it really worked
David McMillin says
I have a Chromebook 14 and read on one of these solutions to tap touchpad with 2 fingers to copy. It worked! They said to hit control + shift + v to paste, but that did not work. So I tried tapping touchpad with 2 fingers again, and it allowed me to paste. Simple solution and not sure why the it is so hard to find on the internet?
Jim Dowson says
First time here and hoping you can help me with a new feature on Chrome for Mac.
Just opened up Chrome this morning to see them touting this new feature for sharing a link. It sounded good so I tried it but found that that when I right clicked on the selected portion of text I wanted to share, the Copy link to highlight was greyed out in the sub menu that came up.
How to solve this very same problem in an Android version of Chrome?
Very irritating problem! Need to change my default browser!
This is BS. Works fine in Firefox. Chrome is my default. This has been a recent change.
Rob v PhD says
Couldn’t highlight and thus not copy or paste text in Google Docs on Chromebook.
Chromebook defaults to the Google Docs app when I create or open a Google Doc.
The Google Docs app apparently lacks the ability to copy and paste.
I went to the Chromebook Play Store and deleted Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Drive.
Now everything opens in my Chrome browser and the functionality is restored.
Tony Gordon says
This was happening on a site I setup. I found configuring it for HTTPS resolved the issue for me.
mohammed Alhussein says
was not helped
the problem still the same
Not sure what is wrong with Chrome, done everything as said, and still no luck. Going back to Edge, what a shame.