Copying text from links can be quite annoying, as we have to first carefully put the cursor at the beginning or end of the link, and slowly highlight it. As we do this, we also have to make sure we don’t accidentally click the link. ToggleLink: Select Text From Link, a Chrome extension, makes things easier and lets you convert links on webpages to text, so that you can easily copy, select or highlight them. The extension basically toggles the link and helps you select the text. Once you’ve installed the extension, all you have to do is press Shift and hover your mouse over the link. The URL will instantly be converted to text, and you will easily be able to copy all or some of the text. You may want to quickly copy the text, as it changes back to its original form after five seconds.
Once you’ve installed the extension, a ToggleLink option is added to the right-click context menu. Position the cursor over the link and right click to see the option and select it. The link for that particular anchor text will be disabled. Alternatively, you can position the cursor over a link and hit the Shift key to achieve the same effect. You can then copy, highlight, and double-click some or all of the link text. Users should note that, after five seconds, the text will be converted back to the original link. Also, transforming any other link to plain text will also revert the previous one you changed to its normal state.
The extension works well and without any glitches but it seems the process could have been simplified further. An better way to integrate the extension would have been to take a clue from the Copy Link Address option that is there by default when you right click a text link. This would save the trouble of first changing the state of a link, selecting and then copying it. It’s entirely doable too since the anchor text is defined in the HTML tag (just like a link and can be copied with no trouble. This approach, while functional, is a somewhat long process.
ToggleLink is a user-friendly extension that lets you quickly copy text from links on any webpage. The extension saves up time and has no options or settings, whatsoever. Install the extension from the link below, try it out, and let us know what you think.