Ninja Nichols

The discipline of programming

Copy Unselectable Text from Windows Error Message

For many years now I’ve been able to search for solutions only after painstakingly transcribing the error messages from Windows dialog boxes like the one shown below.

replres.rll

Today I discovered the easy way to copy the message text. While the text in these dialogs stubbornly refuses to be selected, surprisingly, the whole error itself can be copied by pressing ctrl-c with the window in focus. When pasted into a text editor, it copies everything including the title, message content and button text:

[Window Title]
replsync.dll - DLL Load Error

[Content]
Cannot load resource dll: REPLRES.RLL

The specified module could not be found.

[OK]

No more manual transcriptions! Life’s too short to waste keystrokes.

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