Disable mouse right click, cut, copy, paste with JavaScript or jQuery

by Vincy. Last modified on July 3rd, 2023.

Before learning to disable the cut, copy, paste, and right-click event in JavaScript, we should first know Why.

Why we need this is, for copying and manipulating content displayed on the client. It lets the user struggle to do the following, for example.

  1. Take the copyrighted site content by copying and pasting.
  2. Save media files by right-clicking and saving assets.

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We implement this disabling by using the below steps. The first two are mandatory, and the 3rd one is optional.

  1. Listen to the event type, cut, copy, paste, and right-click.
  2. Prevent the default behavior with the reference of the event object.
  3. Acknowledge users by showing alert messages [optional step].

disable cut copy paste right click

Example 1 – Disabling cut, copy, paste, and mouse right-click events

This JavaScript disables the cut, copy, paste, and right-click on textarea content.

It defines a callback invoked on a document-ready event. It uses jQuery.

This callback listens to the cut, copy, paste, and mouse right-click action requests.

When these requests are raised, this script prevents the default behavior. Hence, it stops the expected action based on the cut, copy, and other requests mentioned above.

$(document).ready(function() {
	$('textarea').on("cut", function(e) {
	$('textarea').on("copy", function(e) {
	$('textarea').on("paste", function(e) {

	$("textarea").on("contextmenu", function(e) {
		alertUser('Mouse right click');

function alertUser(message) {
	$("#phppot-message").text(message + ' is disabled.');

HTML with Textarea and alert box

This HTML has the textarea. The JavaScript targets this textarea content to disable the cut, copy, and events.

Once disabled the default behavior, the UI should notify the user by displaying a message.

So, it contains an HTML alert box to show a red ribbon with a related error message to let the user understand.

It includes the jQuery library with a CDN URL. Insert the above script next to the jQuery included, then run the example.

The downloadable at the end of this article contains the complete working example.

<!DOCTYPE html>
<title>Disable mouse right click, cut, copy, paste with JavaScript or
<meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1" />
<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="css/style.css" />
<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="css/form.css" />
#phppot-message {
    display: none;
<script src="https://code.jquery.com/jquery-3.6.0.min.js"


    <div class="phppot-container">
        <h2>Disable mouse right click, cut, copy, paste</h2>
        <textarea name="notes" class="full-width" rows="5"></textarea>
        <div id="phppot-message" class="error"></div>

Example 2 – Thin version using jQuery

This example is a thin version of the above. It also uses the jQuery library to disable the cut, copy-paste, and right-click events.

This binds all the events to be disabled. It has a single-line code instead of creating exclusive listeners for each event.

This method has a slight disadvantage. It shows a generic message while stopping any cut, copy, paste, and right-click events.

In the first method, the acknowledgment message is too specific. That message clarifies what is triggered and what is disabled and prevented.

But, the advantage of the below example is that it is too thin to have it as a client-side feature in our application.

$(document).ready(function() {
	$('textarea').bind('cut copy paste contextmenu', function(e) {
		$("#phppot-message").text('The Cut copy paste and the mouse right-click are disabled.');

Example 3 – For JavaScript lovers

Do you want a pure JavaScript solution for this example? The below script achieves this by disabling cut, copy, paste, and right-click.

It has no jQuery or any other client-side framework or libraries. I believe that the frameworks are for achieving a volume of effects, utils, and more.

If the application has thin requirements, then no need for any framework.

HTML with onCut, onCopy, onPaste, and onContextMenu attributes

The Textarea field in the below HTML has the following callback attributes.

  • onCut
  • OnCopy
  • onPaste
  • onContextMenu

In these event occurrences, it calls theĀ disableAction(). It sends the event object and a string to specify the event that occurred.

<textarea name="notes" class="full-width" rows="5"
    onCut="disableAction(event, 'Cut');"
    onCopy="disableAction(event, 'Copy');"
    onpaste="disableAction(event, 'Paste');"
    oncontextmenu="disableAction(event, 'Right click');"></textarea>
<div id="phppot-message" class="error"></div>

JavaScript function called on the cut, copy, paste, and on right click

In the JavaScript code, it reads the event type and disables it.

The event.preventDefault() is the standard step in all the examples to disable the cut, copy, paste, and right-click.

function disableAction(event, action) {
	document.getElementById("phppot-message").innerText = action + ' is disabled.';
	document.getElementById("phppot-message").style.display = 'block';


The keyboard or mouse event callbacks like onMouseDown() or onKeyDown lag in performance. Also, it has its disadvantages. Some of them are listed below.

  1. The keys can be configured and customized. So, event handling for the keycode is not dependable.
  2. Clicking the mouse suitable displays the menu before the onMouseDown() gets and checks the necessary code. So, disabling mouse-right-click failed by using the onMouseDown() callback.
  3. Above all, a user can easily disable JavaScript in his browser and use the website.

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Written by Vincy, a web developer with 15+ years of experience and a Masters degree in Computer Science. She specializes in building modern, lightweight websites using PHP, JavaScript, React, and related technologies. Phppot helps you in mastering web development through over a decade of publishing quality tutorials.

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