How to Copy Text Straight From a Windows Dialog Box
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Sometimes, Windows throws a dialog box at you with an error message that’s rather long. If you’d like to copy the text and search for the error code on Google, you’re out of luck, as Windows won’t let you. However, you can do it if you download a small portable program called Textify that makes these boxes selectable.

It’s not just error boxes that can be selected with this program. Almost any bit of text that appears anywhere on Windows will work.

To use the program, just head to this website and download the free .ZIP file. A small box program will open that lets you change the shortcut you’ll use to select with Textify. By default, it’s Shift+Middle Mouse, but if you’re using a laptop, you can change it to any other mouse-related shortcut (Shift+Left-click, Alt+Shift+Right-click, etc).


That’s it! Now there’s no text in Windows that you won’t be able to select! And this’ll work in pretty much every single version of Windows without installing anything!

Have you ever encountered text that you can’t select in Windows? How did you solve the problem? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. Mac
    March 17, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    You can copy anything on the screen bu using the Snipping Tool.

  2. Christian
    March 17, 2016 at 10:01 am

    Actually, with most, if not all error dialogs, you can just press CTRL+C and it will copy all text in the dialogbox, buttons and all.