Copying The Text In Message Boxes

I’ve been using Windows since it was released 20 years ago (I’m not proud – I’m just sayin’), yet I discovered this today:

Pressing Ctrl+C (i.e. copy) when a window’s message box is displayed copies all the static text within the box.

Go on, try it: Click the Start menu, then Run, then type in “asdf” (assuming you don’t have a program named that).

Windows message box

Press Ctrl+C (that’s holding the Ctrl key and then pressing C), then paste into your favorite text editor. This is the text that’s copied from the above window:

Cannot find the file 'asdf' (or one of its components). Make sure the path and filename are correct and that all required libraries are available.

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