How to Copy & Paste HTML Onto My Website

by Cam Merritt

Most novice webmasters have puzzled over how to use HTML to format text a certain way, arrange content into columns or build tables. When you come across a site that does exactly what you want to do, your Web browser gives you a look inside the HTML source code. You can copy and paste the code as a starting point for creating equivalent effects on your own pages.


Load the Web page whose source code you want to copy into a window in your Web browser. View the page source to reveal the raw HTML. Most browsers place the command for this option in the View menu, or in a contextual menu that appears when you right-click on a Web page.


Find the lines of HTML you want to copy. Press "Ctrl-A" to select the entire document, or click and drag through it with your pointing device to select part of the code. Press "Ctrl-C" to copy the selection to the clipboard.


Open the file into which you want to paste the HTML in an appropriate editing application. Use a plain-text editor such as Notepad in Windows or TextEdit on a Mac. A browser displays the file as a Web page instead of showing you the HTML.


Find the spot in your file at which you want to paste the HTML you copied earlier. Press "Ctrl-V" to paste in the code.


Save your HTML file. Leave it open in the plain-text editor if you plan to make more changes.


Open the HTML file in a Web browser and examine how the pasted-in HTML renders. To make further adjustments to the code, return to the plain-text file, make the changes and save the file. Refresh the page in your browser.


Launcb FTP software or use the control panel in your hosting account to access the files for your website. Upload the edited page.


  • check Some Web hosting systems provide built-in editing capabilities within the control panel system so you can alter HTML files you upload to your website after you upload them.
  • check When you edit Web pages, do the work on your own computer and upload the completed files to your Web host, overwriting old files if necessary. This keeps a partially edited Web page from showing up when visitors load your site.


  • close Reusing blocks of HTML from another website may constitute a copyright violation, especially if the code makes your site mimic the look and feel of the original site. Use pasted code only as a guide or starting point for creating your own work.

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About the Author

Cam Merritt is a writer and editor specializing in business, personal finance and home design. He has contributed to USA Today, The Des Moines Register and Better Homes and Gardens"publications. Merritt has a journalism degree from Drake University and is pursuing an MBA from the University of Iowa.

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