[Tip] How to Copy Text from a Dialog Box Quickly in Windows?
Whenever an AskVG reader contacts me regarding a Windows problem, I always ask him to first provide more details and the actual text which is shown by the error message or warning dialog box. It helps me to better understand reader's problem. But the reader asks me how to copy the text from the dialog box? Sometimes the error message might contain lots of text and numbers and it would be hard for the reader to read and type the whole text manually. Alternatively he can take a screenshot of the screen and can send me the image but sometimes its not possible for some people if they are using a restricted computer or if the Administrator has disabled attaching pictures in emails, etc.
In such conditions, I tell the reader a simple trick which allows you to quickly and easily copy the whole text from any dialog box in Windows. After getting regular emails regarding Windows problems and frequently telling readers about this trick, today I decided to create an article to share this trick with all.
So if you also want to learn how to copy text from a dialog box in Windows, here is the answer!
Whenever you want to copy text from a dialog box, you just need to press "Ctrl+C" keys together which is an universal keyboard shortcut to copy text and the whole text including title and buttons labels will be copied to clipboard. Now you can paste it anywhere you want.
Make sure the dialog box is active before pressing "Ctrl+C" keys together. You can click on the dialog box to make it active.
For example, lets talk about following dialog box which is shown by Windows when you try to uninstall a program using "Programs and Features" in Control Panel:
Now if you press "Ctrl+C" keys together, the whole text will be copied to clipboard and once you paste the text in Notepad, email or anywhere else, it'll look like following:
Programs and Features
Are you sure you want to uninstall Classic Shell?
[ ] In the future, do not show me this dialog box [Yes] [No]
As you can see the text is copied in a very nice way showing the dialog box title, the whole message, checkbox label and buttons as well.
So now whenever you need to share the text from a dialog box in Windows, simply press "Ctrl+C" keys together and paste the text. Quite easy, isn't it? You can consider it as a hidden secret feature of Windows because there is no copy option given in dialog box but the hotkey "Ctrl+C" works.
Did you already know about this trick? Do you know any other similar trick? Feel free to share your feedback in comment...
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