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Though not quite annoying as pop-up browser ads Let's Put A Stop To Pop-Up Browser Ads Once And For All! Let's Put A Stop To Pop-Up Browser Ads Once And For All! Pop-ups can catch you off guard, and if you're not careful they can create problems. Learn how to avoid them and how to handle them if they do come up. Read More , sites that block you from right-clicking are still found on the Web. These sites typically contain original images or perhaps some text that the site owner doesn’t want you to copy for whatever reason.

However, they’re not really protecting any content on their site by doing this, as Stack Overflow users have explained. All this behavior ends up doing is upsetting visitors like you and me.

If you don’t immediately leave the next time you encounter a site like this, here’s a way for you to combat it!

The JavaScript code What is JavaScript, And Can the Internet Exist Without It? What is JavaScript, And Can the Internet Exist Without It? JavaScript is one of those things many take for granted. Everybody uses it. Read More to re-enable right clicking is as follows:

javascript:void(document.oncontextmenu=null);

You’ll want to create a useful browser bookmarklet for this command so it’s accessible right away without you having to remember the code. To do this, just highlight and drag this text up to your bookmarks bar or other favorite folder.

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If you don’t want to drag and drop, you can also click on your bookmarks bar, add a bookmark (Add page in Chrome) and make sure the URL is the code above. The name can be whatever you’d like.

You shouldn’t run into sites that do this very often, but if it’s a constant issue for you, a browser extension will fix you right up — try RightToCopy on Chrome and RightToClick for Firefox. These add-ons also prevent sites from annoyingly adding extra text when you copy something, such as “Taken from www.website.com.”

Don’t forget that though it’s annoying, sometimes website owners don’t want you to right-click because their images are copyrighted. Having this override doesn’t mean you should use images that don’t belong to you Concerned About Copyright? A Guide For Legally Using Images On The Web Concerned About Copyright? A Guide For Legally Using Images On The Web Copyright is a complex subject. A fair amount of understanding makes it easier. If you're wondering under what circumstances you can use someone else's creative work -- expect some answers here. Read More !

Do you still encounter sites that block right-clicking? Let us know if you need these extensions by leaving a comment!

Image Credit: N Azlin Sha via Shutterstock.com

  1. Mohammed Tashreef
    April 22, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    This does not work on sites that have disabled Copying internally.. you can right-click and click on Copy but the content does not get copied to the clipboard. Even the shortcut Ctrl + C does not work. So, this is of no use on such sites.

    • Georgian Stanescu
      April 23, 2016 at 6:43 am

      Awesome. You may want to right it slightly more clear. I was slightly confused by the bookmarklet aspect.

      So for those that want to use the Bookmarklet aspect, Do as follows:

      In ANY Browser: Create a bookmark, then in the URL FIELD(That's what I got confused about) put in the above code that the article has. Then in the Name field, but what ever you'd like: "Enable RIght Click" or whatever.

      Otherwise great article, knowing that I can now use a RIght Click on sights. haahah

  2. Name purposely withheld
    April 20, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    I am a reporter in a smaller town. The reason our newspaper started doing this was because another local media outlet was literally taking photos off our website and posting them as their own on theirs. It's annoying for others that can't right click and save photos of themselves that are online, but the problem was so rampant we didn't have any other chance. As easy as it is to get around, this other media outlet stopped doing it once right clicking was blocked.

  3. Chowdahead
    April 20, 2016 at 11:17 am

    RightToClick add-on solves this problem in Firefox.

    • Ben Stegner
      April 20, 2016 at 12:36 pm

      Yep, that's why I mentioned it!

    • Danny
      April 20, 2016 at 1:39 pm

      Why use an addon when you can use set dom.event.contextmenu.enabled to false? No third-party software to install.

      • Ben Stegner
        April 20, 2016 at 2:06 pm

        Yes, that's why I mentioned how to do it without browser extensions first.

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