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Bypass Right Click Blocking on Websites

Thursday, October 7th, 2010 by | Filed Under: Uncategorized, Using The Internet
 
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Dana asks:

For some reason, when I go to certain websites I right-click and I get a box with a warning or absolutely nothing. Am I doing something that is causing this? I ran a scan and don’t have any viruses or anything, but I go to places and right-click and there’s nothing there. I am using Windows XP, but since it’s a web page problem, maybe you should know I use Firefox.


Hi Dana – thanks for all of the pertinent information! A lot of the time I don’t need to know what type of browser you have, but because there is an interesting thing going on with Firefox I needed to know that, so it works out well for both of us!

To explain what’s been happening with Firefox, I will start with my daughter’s first website (bear with me; it’ll make sense when I get through).

When she was thirteen, my daughter sat down and learned how to build her own website. Around this time she joined a particular teen share-your-blends-and-creations website and began to create blends for that site, as well as her own. A blend (in this case) is when you take a bunch of pictures of one subject – a celebrity, for instance – and use a graphics editing program (in her case it was Adobe Photoshop) to blend the images together using different effects.

When she first started learning all of this, she was very possessive about her blends (now it’s her videos on YouTube). She (quite rightly) wanted to have her creations known as her own. However, if there is anything to take, someone will always be out there waiting to take it, and one of her creations was no exception. This person took it and put her name on it and got all of the accolades… my daughter is no pushover and taught herself how to disable the right-click feature on her websites so that nobody could right-click and save her stuff.

I don’t know if you have ever been on a website that has your right-click menu disabled, but I find it very annoying and never go back to the website. I understand copyright infringement; I’m not talking about the clear-cut rules on that. I’m talking about all of the other annoying disabled right-clicks that aren’t even necessary that make it so that I can’t even use the back button on my right-click menu. Or bookmark the page. Or save the page. Like I said, I come across one of those and I never go back.

You can get this:

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Or you get absolutely nothing.

So how do you get rid of this lovely “warning notice” or the sheer inability to right-click? It’s easier than you think.

The author of the offending no-right-click website used javascript to make this happen. So all you’re going to do use it to make it not happen.

First, open up your browser and go all the way to the top, up to Tools. Click on that and in the menu that shows up under Tools, go to the second-to-last entry, which is Options, and click on that.

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After you click on Options, a big box pops up. Across the top is a bar that has settings for General, Tabs, Content, etc. Click on the one that says Content. Look at the box and make sure that Enable Javascript is checked. (Note: That’s Javascript, not Java. Your Firefox browser may have Java, too; mine didn’t. I’ll have to check on that.)

Directly (right) across (pun intended) from Enable Javascript is an Advanced button; click on that (not the one on the top bar).

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When you click on the Advanced button, another box will pop up with different options. Uncheck the box that says Disable or replace context menus and click OK. The original box is still there; click OK on that, as well.

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And that’s it, Dana! If you do all of the above, I don’t think you’re going to have any trouble with right-clicking anymore!

Again, thanks for writing!

~ Lori Cline

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