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How to Copy CSS from a Website Easily

guivr profile image Guilherme Rizzo ・3 min read

We're always finding amazing and beautiful web pages when browsing the internet.

What if you could LEARN from your favorite websites?

What if you could COPY and use the styles you like?

Amazing, right?

The problem is: if you've tried before, the browser's "Inspect Element" tool is not always easy to use.

And the more complex an element is, the more difficult it is to understand it.

CSS is hard.

If you currently use the browser development tools to copy the CSS and HTML of an element, you know that it takes some work and time.

Don't worry.

There's a new and better way to do this. CSS Scan is here to help you.

Getting Started

CSS Scan website

CSS Scan is a handy browser extension to check, copy, and edit the CSS of any element from any website.

It makes copying CSS and HTML code way easier.

You can use it on Chrome, Firefox, and Safari.

And it works everywhere, on every website.

To use it, first, you'll need to buy a license here.

It's a one-time payment, a life-time deal, and the extension is actively maintained, with constant updates, and over 7,000+ users.

When you buy it, you receive a download link and your license key, along with a simple tutorial on how to install it.

After installing it, go to the page you want to inspect and click on the extension icon to activate it.

Then, you can start hovering over any element to inspect it in real-time!

You'll realize how funny it is to play with it, and you'll probably learn a lot of CSS tricks by inspecting websites this way.

Copying the CSS of any website

To copy CSS code with CSS Scan, just click on the element you want to copy.

It's as simple as that. A single click and it's yours.

It goes directly to your clipboard.

Copying CSS with CSS Scan is as easy as a single click

Here's a difference of how it looks to inspect an element with CSS Scan vs Chrome Devtools

Side by side comparison - CSS Scan vs Chrome Devtools

With the "Inspect Element" tool, you'll often see a bloated CSS, with rules overriding themselves.

CSS Scan runs a bunch of code optimizations to make it perfect for you.

It uses the same technology that Google and Github use to generate a fast, clean, and shorthanded CSS code.

Becoming an expert on extracting CSS

CSS Scan comes with some pretty useful options for copying CSS and HTML.

For example, you can copy ":hover" styles, CSS selectors, and the HTML code instead of just CSS.

To do that, turn on the option "Copy it separately" for HTML code and Hover styles, and toggle "Copy CSS selector" on the "Options" menu dropdown.

Like this:

CSS Scan options

Some other useful tricks you can use on CSS Scan:

  • Hold cmd (or Control on Windows) and click to scan the parent element
  • Press the space bar key to pin the CSS window on the screen (for further inspect or edits on an element)

With CSS Scan, you can also export any element to Codepen (an online code editor) to play with it.

Bootstrap Button element exported to Codepen with CSS Scan

This way, you can bookmark all the web elements you like.

Export element to Codepen, save it, bookmark it on your browser, and BOOM, you have a library of components you can always use!

Editing the CSS of any website

You can also use CSS Scan to quickly edit the styles of any website!

To do that, pin the CSS window (pressing the space bar key), and then you are free to make changes to the CSS code of the selected element.

You can then see the changes you made in real-time while you type.

Editing CSS with CSS Scan and seeing changes in real-time

There are many more features CSS Scan can offer you.

If you want to know more about it, here's an in-depth video review of CSS Scan, made by WP Tuts:

Click here to buy your CSS Scan license and boost your CSS skills.

This article is from the new CSS Scan Blog.

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