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Copy text (error messages) from Windows Dialog Boxes

We hate it when Windows throws that small box with an error message displayed on it. Don't we?
The next step we do is send that message to software support or do a search about it on the net.

There lies the annoying problem. There is no way to directly copy the text from that box. Right-click and nothing appears. I usually open a text editor and manually type it. That was until is saw this post at LifeHacker.
Well, remember that Ctrl + C copy command of Windows? Use it next time! Surprised?

You can test it out. Not by creating a error message, but here it goes:
Open Notepad. Type some text and try to close it without saving. A box pops up which shows a message.
Now type Ctrl + C. The text is copied to the clipboard. Paste it in a text editor to see the contents.

You may also want to read the post on making Notepad automatically insert date and time.

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Friday, June 15, 2007


Comment by Blogger Ander on July 2, 2008 at 5:00 AM  
Ctrl+C works only with messages generated by Windows itself, or by (most) Microsoft apps. It doesn't work with many 3rd-party apps.

To copy messages from those, you can use the free WinScraper tool. I don't think I can post a URL here, but it should be easy enough for you to Google it.
@Ander - Thanks for the info