Chrome copy extension

Copy selected text to the clipboard automatically with this free Google Chrome extension.

Perhaps the surest sign that Google Chrome is making inroads in the browser wars is the appearance of free extensions like AutoCopy. It does something simple but useful: when you select text in Chrome, AutoCopy automatically copies it to the system Clipboard, much like Unix does.

To install AutoCopy, we merely had to open it in Chrome. We re-opened Chrome, clicked Tools/Extensions, and clicked AutoCopy's options, which offered a few choices for how it copies text, such as Enable copy on select and Copy when selecting inside text boxes (Copy as simple text is already selected because of a bug in Chrome 6). We clicked the link to AutoCopy's Web page, which described how it works and listed the version history. We closed the Options page and browsed to a random Web page. We highlighted some text, copied it, minimized Chrome, opened a blank text file, and pasted the selected text from the Clipboard into the text file. Like Chrome itself, AutoCopy is a work in progress; its documentation notes that, since Chrome extensions only work on HTTP pages, AutoCopy won't work on other pages, such as settings pages, and that seemed to be the case. However, this extension adds just the sort of capability that Chrome needs to go head to head with IE and Firefox as well as the other alternative browsers.

Google Chrome is an intriguing alternative to the browser big boys, but the bar is high, and Chrome has a long way to go to catch up when it comes to add-ons. AutoCopy is a good start. If you use Chrome or just like to have it around to try out, we recommend adding AutoCopy.

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