by Sai gowtham

How to disable text selection on a web page using Css

In this tutorial, we are going to learn about how to prevent the user from selecting the text on a webpage by using css user-select property.

user-select

In css, we have a user-select property that controls the behavior of a text selection for the html elements.

By using user-select property with value none we can disable the text selection.

Disabling text selection

This example shows you how to disable the text selection for a particular element.

Html

<div class="disable-text-selection">   <h1>You can't select me</h1></div><div>
   <h1>You can select me...</h1>
</div>

Css

.disable-text-selection{
   -ms-user-select:none;
   -moz-user-select:none;
   -webkit-user-select:none;
   -webkit-touch-callout: none;
   -khtml-user-select: none;
    user-select:none;
}

Now the text present inside a first div is not selectable.

Codepen Demo

In case, if you want to disable the text selection for an entire webpage you need to add the below css properties to your body tag.

body {
   -ms-user-select:none;
   -moz-user-select:none;
   -webkit-user-select:none;
   -webkit-touch-callout: none;
   -khtml-user-select: none;
    user-select:none;
}

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