Tips & Tweaks for Windows

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Messagebox to clipboard

A hidden feature is the ability to copy the content of a messagebox to the clipboard. This has been in Windows for some time now, but not a lot of people I speak are aware of that.

How does it work? Simple, just press CTRL+C when the messagebox is active.

I copied this message and I pasted it to notepad. It looks like this. The text between brackets looks kind of useless to me, but I like this feature nonetheless.

Author's note

The error message in this example is created by executing the command

start coffee

Like me, Windows considers it to be critical when it can't find coffee.

This post applies to: Windows 2003, Windows 2008, Windows 2012, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.


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