I just came upon a Google doc from a high school account that I no longer have access to. I want to copy paste my work, but the copy paste functionality is disabled. I know you could access developer tools such as document.body.innerText to get a text copy of the doc. I would, however, prefer to have the actual doc and its formatting kept, so I would need a print screen of the entire doc (and then run it by Optical Text Recognition) or just get the copy paste functionality. There is JavaScript blocking the copying functionality, and upon disabling the JavaScript, the page does not load (error). Would anyone be able to help me out, please?

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    If you right-click on the doc in Google Drive, is there an option "Make a copy"? – ahorn Mar 20 at 7:44
  • Similar question on SO, and a comment offers an example protected doc to practice on. – Rob Mar 20 at 17:27
  • Ya I actually saw that question on SO. Problem is that those two techniques (disabling javascript/ doing preview) are now blocked on google's side. That's why I asked here because there doesn't seem to be any way to access a formatted document at the moment. – Michael Mar 28 at 14:59

I used Chrome's distiller on a doc (haven't tested spreadsheets). I was able to copy the text from there, though it did mess up the formatting a bit.

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