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Copy Tricky Text

Sometimes copying text from a web site or email can be tricky. You try to select some words, only to have the selection area snap to a larger piece of text, or some interaction on the web page deselect the text and do something else. But you don’t need to finish your selection to copy the text. While holding the mouse or trackpad down, you can use Command+C to copy the text you have highlighted so far, before you release the mouse and the web page messes up your selection.
Sometimes, you can’t even start to select text on a web page. But you can Control+Click the text to get the context menu, then hit Esc to exit the menu. The text may then be selected and you can now use Command+C to copy it.