Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Right click, copy, highlight, etc on Naver blog sites with just Chrome's dev tools


Many Korean sites, especially blogs hosted at Naver or Daum, block a user from right-clicking to open the context menu or from highlighting text to copy or translate. Here is my preferred way of getting around this, which uses only Chrome's built-in tools. No third-party bookmarklets or extensions needed. Just plain old Chrome.

The short answer is: 
Chrome Dev Tools → 3-dot menu → Settings → Debugger → Disable Javascript

Highlighting and copying text, and right-clicking on a Naver blog

Right-click on Naver Blogs just using Chrome


Here's the fuller step-by-step. Don't worry; even if you're not familiar with this part of Chrome it's pretty easy.
  1. Open Chrome's "Developer Tools" (either by going to the 3-dot menu → More Tools → Developer Tools, or just keyboard shortcut Ctrl-Shift-I).
  2. At the top-right corner of the little sidebar box that pops up, click the little 3-dot menu.
  3. Choose "Settings" from the little menu
  4. Scroll down to the "Debugger" section
  5. Check "Disable Javascript"
Boom. You're now free to click, right-click, highlight, copy, whatever you want.

Here's one big screenshot illustrating these steps (click it to expand). I used an example on the Naver Map blog, which forbids right-clicking and text copying.

4 Steps to enable right-click, highlighting, etc

Since this is happening in Dev Tools, you can relax. It's all temporary and you don't have to worry about screwing up your overall Javascript settings. Just reload the page and everything goes back to normal. 

This is the method I've been using regularly. It takes a few extra clicks but it's reliable. The old bookmarklets and extensions had a habit of stopping working.

Remember that these anti-right-click, anti-highlight settings are an option in Naver Blog accounts, which means its the individual bloggers who enable the setting. So try to respect their wishes and don't blatantly steal/copy their stuff without credit.

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