Copy Selected Text in JavaScript

Sometimes you have some information on your page and your visitors might want to copy it. The easiest way is to provide a mechanism that allows them to simply click a button to do so. You have to paste this code into the head of your web page:

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  1. <script language="javascript">
  2. function CopyText(el){
  3.     var selectedText = "";
  4.     if(window.getSelection){
  5.         selectedText = window.getSelection();
  6.     }else if(document.getSelection){
  7.         selectedText = document.getSelection();
  8.     }else if(document.selection){
  9.         selectedText = document.selection.createRange().text;
  10.     }
  11.     if(selectedText != ""){
  12.         selectedText = selectedText.toString();
  13.         el.focus();
  14.         el.value = selectedText;
  15.     }else{
  16.         alert("Select a text in the page and then press this button!");
  17.     }
  18. }
  19. </script>
  20.  
  21. Select any part of this text to copy it...
  22. <form name="frmCopyText">
  23. <textarea name="txtSelect" rows="4" cols="45"></textarea><br>
  24. <input onclick="CopyText(this.form.txtSelect)"
  25.        type="button"
  26.        value="Press to copy the highlighted text"
  27.        name="btnCopy">
  28. </form>
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