Monday 2 August 2010

Copying an Error Message Window in Windows

So, lets face it. Sometimes Windows throws errors. And if you're like me, the first thing you probably do is Google those errors.

What do you search for while Googling those errors? The error code of course. But instead of typing it out, there is a better way to copy text from the error code window.

Although a really old way, what you can do is click in the error window, and press the Control and Insert keys together and Windows will copy the error code for you! Doing control+insert on a "Do you wish to save" message box in led to the following being copied into the clipboard:

The text in the Untitled file has changed.
Do you want to save the changes?
Yes No Cancel

Then you can paste this into notepad, and copy the text that you'd like to search for.

Pretty handy huh? Although, I must say that the Mac way of simply selecting text on the message/warning box and copying it from there is admittedly easier.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much.
    I use windows OS for more than 10 years and used to many commnads and shortcuts of windows but knowing this technique for the first time ever, I feel like I am a child in compare with you.