Offscreen Text for Copy & Paste

The relationship between HTML and CSS is special: mixing content via HTML with presentation from CSS to make an awesome presentation. Sometimes, however, you need to employ CSS tricks solely to enhance functionality. This could be one of those cases.

When browsing through the Firefox DevTools console code, I noticed a really clever technique for hiding text on screen but making sure it’s present during a copy + paste. Here’s the technique:

Jenny don't change your number 8675309

.copy-only {
  display: block;
  position: absolute;
  left: -9999999px;
  top: -9999999px;
}

With the CSS above, the screen displays “Jenny don’t change your number” while copying that line would result in “Jenny don’t change your number 8675309”.

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