Is it possible to easily copy just a single column from a webpage?

Posted on 2009-02-19
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
There are times when I would like to copy just a single column of information from a web page  which I know is formatted as part of a table.

What I'd really like to do is to essentially copy and paste JUST that column to word or whatever without having to use Excel, or multiple steps to edit out the superfluous information that always gets copied along with what I want.

It sounds so simple--but is there any really easy and simple way to do it?  
Question by:RadioGeorge
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    Expert Comment

    by:Anthony Russo
    If you use Firefox, the extension "Nuke Anything Enhanced" would work well for what you are looking for. It allows you to remove certain objects from a webpage, or remove everything except selected objects. It is available here:

    Table2Clipboard is another extension that migjht accomplish what you are looking for. It allows you to select a fable, or cells from a table our of a webpage. Available here:

    Good luck,


    Author Comment


    Thanks for the quick reply. I have (apparently) downloaded it and Firefox rebooted as it supposed to, but I have to ask how I invoked this thing and use it? I'm an intermediate computer user, but only recently started working with Firefox.

    So how I access and use the darn thing?

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    Accepted Solution

    For the Nuke extension, just select what you want to copy, and then right click on it. In the context menu will be the options to remove everything else, or remove what you selected.

    You can try it on this page if you like.

    Good luck,


    Author Comment

    Well, close but no cigar. It works but it doesn't get the job done. And I think I might be asking for something impossible.

    A visual:

    SomeData 1    other text
    SomeData 2    other text
    SomeData 3    other text
    SomeData 4    other text
    SomeData 5    other text

    What I want to do is to be able to cut and paste JUST the first column of SomeData entries.

    But because of the way web pages appear, any attempt to copy always includes the rest of each line, so that you cannot select just the one column--right?

    I may be reduced to cut-and-paste using a screenshot and IrfanView to do some quick and dirty pasting, although I was hoping to avoid extra steps.

    Note: copying and inserting via "Paste Special" into Excel does not work with the data I'm working with.

    Any other comments, anyone?

    Author Closing Comment

    You get the points, but the solution did not work as I was hoping. But what you offered will be handy down the road, so I appreciate your input.

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