How to copy text from Safari

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It sometimes happens that I'd like to copy something from a webpage into another window. How can I do this reliably?




Submitted by mehgcap on Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

Just as in most other apps, you can use the shift key with the arrow keys and other modifiers to select. For instance, shift-down selects by line, shift-option-right selects by words, and so on. This is new as of OS X 10.11, I believe, so I'm assuming you have that. You could also move to the paragraph you want, then hit vo-shift-c to copy the whole thing to the clipboard at once.

Submitted by Parham Doustdar on Wednesday, August 3, 2016

This is new as of OS X 10.11, I believe

That was great, thanks. I didn't know about this because it wasn't mentioned in the new features in OS X 10.11. Is this officially a feature? If so, where can I find new features like this? This is a great productivity booster for me.

Submitted by Pa. Joe on Wednesday, August 3, 2016

what has helped me a lot is keyboard commands for pages. many of the commands work with pretty much any text I have encountered. You can do a search. They are easy to find online.

Submitted by Jake on Thursday, August 4, 2016

In reply to by mehgcap

Shift-arrows has worked as of 10.8 though it wasn't as reliable then. Before that there was another way, and still is, to select text using VO+return.

Submitted by Sounds2Good on Wednesday, September 21, 2016

In reply to by Jake

Unfortunately I have found it difficult to select blocks of text with VO-Return in Safari. Do I need to interact with text first? I've also tried this and still no joy most of the time. I'd love to hear from folks who can get VO-Return to select text blocks in Safari reliably.